Professional Speakers Day
Professional Speakers Day is a holiday observed annually on August 7th. It is dedicated to showing appreciation for professional speakers around the globe. These individuals are skilled in delivering informative, entertaining, and compelling speeches.
They are employed for a wide variety of events, including conferences, workshops, seminars, and other special occasions. Regardless of where they are employed, their importance cannot be underestimated.
They help to inspire and motivate, entertain, build interpersonal relationships with their target audience, and share knowledge. That is why they are celebrated on this holiday and why it is observed every year.
The History of Professional Speakers Day
Professional speakers have been utilized since ancient times and were extremely important in the areas of religion, politics, and education. In ancient Greece, public speaking was not just an important skill but a necessary one for philosophers and politicians. In the centuries that followed, the skill of public speaking remained vital for anyone involved in government, religion, or academic fields.
In 2015, the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB) established the holiday to recognize the importance of public speaking in inspiring, educating, and entertaining audiences around the world, and to honor the professionals who make it their career. The IASB is known globally and is responsible for booking and managing professional speakers for events.
Some Facts About Public Speaking
We have been discussing professional speakers for a while in this article, so we will shift our focus for a moment to the act of public speaking itself. Let’s look at the following facts before we continue our discussion of Professional Speakers Day.
- Studies have shown that employees who fear public speaking tend to earn 10% less than those who do not.
- It has also been noted that how a speech is delivered is often more important than the content of the speech—at least, according to recent studies.
- Studies have also shown that if the speaker does not give the audience a chance to participate in the discussion, then audience engagement drops by 14%.
- Adding factual information to a speech can increase audience retention by 20%, studies show.
Observing Professional Speakers Day
Professional Speakers Day can be observed by professionals employed in this industry or by anyone who has been entertained or educated by a professional public speaker.
This can be done in person or through the Internet using the hashtag #ProfessionalSpeakersDay. Either way, it is a day for everyone to thank these professionals for their service to their communities or organizations.