AUGUST 7, 2023 – PROFESSIONAL SPEAKERS DAY
Professional Speakers Day is commemorated on August 7th annually to celebrate all people who stand up in front of an audience and talk about different topics to inform, educate, persuade, and encourage people to act on the things that matter to them. Whether the speaker's goal is teaching, persuasion, or entertainment, they influence the people who listen to them and significantly impact their lives.
HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL SPEAKERS DAY
Professional Speakers Day was developed in Greece and Rome as an essential part of the rhetoric art of persuasion. Today, more than looking to persuade their audiences, public speakers seek to educate and entertain them. No matter what speech they offer, all speakers aim to get their audiences to act in a particular manner, either by working on what knowledge they have gained or incorporating it into their daily affairs. Historically, there is some evidence of professional speeches that were first made in Egypt. However, the first records of the rules and principles of public speaking used by professional speakers are from Ancient Greece, where every person had to speak for themselves rather than through advocates. Therefore, every citizen needed to learn the rules and methods of professional speaking. Romans adopted the Greek approach of teaching students public speaking when they took over and developed it into a full curriculum adding training in grammar, warm-up exercises, and declamation.
FACTS ABOUT PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING
- Professional Speaking Scholar
Also known as a philosopher and a politician, Confucius was a scholar in public speaking.
- Taught in Special Schools
In Ancient Greece, Plato founded The Academy, while Aristotle, his student, founded the Lyceum, where students were taught the rules of professional and public speaking.
- Oldest Book About Oration
Modern speakers still refer to the book Rhetoric by Aristotle as one of the
foundations of professional speaking.
- First Female Professional Speakers
Maria W Stewart, one of the first female professional speakers in the United States,
was of African descent and broke many barriers.
- Fear of Public Speaking
Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking and is one of the most common fears.
WHY PROFESSIONAL SPEAKERS DAY IS LOVED
Professional Speakers Are Important
Professional speakers can change lives through speech; therefore, we must celebrate their excellent work on stage.
Desire to Listen
Having a day set aside to listen to speeches and grow as a person is one great way to honor and appreciate professional speakers.
Encourage the Speakers
Not only do speakers help educate the masses, but it also helps to encourage them to spread their ideas, thus making the world a better place. We need to encourage people to take up the art of public speaking.