Chapter 1: The Magic of Speech

“I never thought I’d write these words: public speaking has become kind of a thing in the twenty-first century. Sure, not quite a thing like Marvel Superheroes, small-batch bourbon, Queen Bey, or leggings, but still a thing. Have you watched a recent episode of Shark Tank, for example? Yeah, those budding entrepreneurs are using persuasive speeches to sell themselves and their creations to the sharks. What about those highly produced TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks? Sure, the tightly produced and packaged 18-minutes-or-less speeches are really, really interesting. And bars/lounges/coffee shops sponsoring story-telling contests? Seriously? You bet, The Moth and NPR, among other groups, are putting the pub back in public speaking, the speak in speakeasy.”