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Why Public Speaking- Examining the History of Public Speaking

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  Zig  Article: Why public speaking- Examining the history of public speakingThere never has been in the history of the world a time when the spoken word hasbeen equalled in value and importance by any other means of communication. If one traces the development of mankind from what he considers its earliest stage hewill find that the wandering family of savages depended entirely upon what itsmembers said to one another. A little later when a group of families made a clan or tribe the individuals still heard the commands of the leader, or in tribal council voicedtheir own opinions. The beginnings of poetry show us the bard who recited to hisaudiences. Drama, in all primitive societies a valuable spreader of knowledge,entertainment, and religion, is entirely oral. In so late and well organizedcommunities as the city republics of Greeceall matters were discussed in openassemblies of the rather small populations. Click here  Every great epoch of the world's progress shows the supreme importance of speechupon human action individual and collective. In the Roman Forum were madespeeches that affected the entire ancient world. Renaissance Italy, imperial Spain,unwieldy Russia, freedom loving England, revolutionary France, all experiencedperiods when the power of certain men to speak stirred other men into tempestuousaction.The history of the United States might almost be written as the continuous record of the influence of great speakers upon others. The colonists were led to concertedaction by persuasive speeches. The Colonial Congresses and ConstitutionalConvention were dominated by powerful orators. The history of the slavery problemis mainly the story of famous speeches and debates. Most of the activerepresentative Americans have been leaders because of their ability to impress their fellows by their power of expressing sentiments and enthusiasms which all wouldvoice if they could. Click here  During the Great War the millions of the world were as much concerned with whatsome of their leaders were saying as with what their other leaders were doing.There is no aspect of modern life in which the spoken work is not supreme inimportance. Representatives of the nations of the world deciding upon a peacetreaty and deliberating upon a League of Nations sway and are swayed by speech.National assemblies from the strangely named new ones of infant nations to thecentury old organizations speak, and listen to speeches. In state legislatures,municipal councils, law courts, religious organizations, theatres, lodges, societies,boards of directors, stockholders' meetings, business discussions, classrooms,dinner parties, social functions, friendly calls in every human relationship where twopeople meet there is communication by means of speech. Click here

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Sep 22, 2017
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