ENGL230 Ethics and Persuasive Speaking

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ENGL230 Ethics and Persuasive Speaking
Imagine that you are trying to persuade your employer to buy a particular Brand X portable…

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ENGL230 Ethics and Persuasive Speaking

ENGL230 Ethics and Persuasive Speaking

Discussions Week 3 All Students Posts – 26 Pages

Imagine that you are trying to persuade your employer to buy a particular Brand X portable computer for employees to use for business trips.  You are to make a presentation to a management committee, and you want to give members convincing evidence for your recommendation.  You also want to make the presentation in an ethical fashion.  You like the selected model for a variety of reasons, including the fact that your spouse works part time for Brand X and has told you a lot of good things about it. As you think through the presentation, what, if any, ethical issues will you encounter?  What are some possible ways of dealing with them?  Which will you choose? Might your answer change if you or your family owned stock in Brand X?  Why or why not?  in deciding how much information to present, do you have an ethical responsibility to present all sides of an issue? For example, does a district attorney have a responsibility to tell a grand jury about all known facts of a case? Should a sales representative for a drug manufacturer tell doctors about the side effects of a drug? Should an army recruiter tell potential recruits about both the advantages and disadvantages of military life? What criteria would you use in deciding the answers to these questions?

I really think that having a personal connection to brand x isn’t a bad thing in this scenario at all. If anything it solidifies the fact that you feel it’s a very good product. With that being said I also don’t think that should be the cornerstone of the presentation either. It should be about solid evidence and using the value the product has to persuade your audience into having a desire to use it. There’s always room for personal testimony later on but it shouldn’t be centered around that fact though…