Thursday, June 30, 2011

Celebrate Freedom from Fear of Public Speaking Week, or Day, or Month

Once again (July 1st to 7th) it’s time to celebrate this extremely obscure event. I’d blogged about it both in 2009 and 2010, but it hasn’t exactly gone viral.

So, this year I dropped the modified Uncle Sam poster and replaced it with a photo of Josh Lee (Joshua Bryan Lee), who exemplifies lack of fear of public speaking.

Mr. Lee was head of the Public Speaking department at the University of Oklahoma for fifteen years, from 1919 to 1934. Then he talked his way into the U.S. Congress and served a term each as Representative and Senator. His book on How to Hold an Audience Without a Rope was published in 1947.

In 2008 Beverly Beurmann-King proposed July 2nd as Freedom From Fear of Public Speaking Day. Then she changed it to a week. Two other web sites have claimed the event is a whole month.

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