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    Enough already. How often do we hear the mindless mantra, “it’s important to know how to speak.” “public speaking is important, prattle prattle prattle.” at which the listener nods his head and says, “yeah, it’s very important.”

    I don’t know how this fatuity got started, much less how it achieved global recognition. Public speaking is at most a skill, and is no more important than knowing how to sing or to change a light switch, yet never have I heard about people pushing their peers or children to learn how to sing. But PUBLIC SPEAKING… suddenly eyebrows shoot up and the lower lip protrudes in a ‘psshh’ fashion, and everyone lauds its importance.

    A speech is as good or bad as its content. Often ‘good speakers’ orate stupidity which makes my soul writhe in pain. But since they smile a lot and start off with, “raboisai,” and a corny joke (indeed, theses jokes get dumber and dumber) they are hailed by all as a ‘GOOD SPEAKER’. V’al zeh doveh libi.

    Well, the emperor wears no clothes, and I am here to puncture the common-belief bubble and iterate: IT IS NOT IMPORTANT TO ‘KNOW HOW TO SPEAK’.

    And bizchus zeh may we all be zoche to mashiach tzidkainu bimheirah viyameinu amein.


    scared driver delight, it sounds like you never even learnt public speaking to begin with. If you did, you would know why it’s so important and why it’s an important skill to have. I’ll give you an example. Look at Obama. He has some crazy views. However he has influenced thousands of Americans that his way is the right way. How? Through the way he speaks. The speeches that he has given has influenced thousands of Americans that he is the right man to run the country.

    I’ll give you another example. In the Book “Rabbi Sherer,” it describes how Rabbi Moshe Sherer zatzal was able to influence political figures to change the law so it coincided for halacha and so it would be better for the Jewish people. How did he do that? Through public speaking. He was an amazing speaker and was able to influence political figures that the Jewish people are important and you need to accommodate them.

    For us, public speaking is relevant as well. If someone got up and couldn’t speak in complete sentences you wouldn’t even listen to him. People would yell at him to get off the podium. If there are non jews there it could be a chillul Hashem that this person doesn’t know how to speak. (If there are only jews there, it could be an even greater chillul Hashem.)

    I have no idea if you’re a man or a woman, but how do you expect to say a dvar torah if you have no idea how to speak?

    Therefore, public speaking is very important-to know how to influence people and also if you want people to listen to you, then you have to learn how to speak so people can follow you and listen to what you have to say.


    Neither of you know the importance of being concise.



    It seem that the OP just suffered (a big, bad) one…


    Little Froggie: kindly explain what about my rant insinuated that baseless,fictitious, accusation.

    Is it wrong to pursue a widespread fallacy in the hope of replacing it with rationality?

    (If you must know what finally made me snap, it was when a friend of mine refused to speak at a simcha and a third friend pressured him to, garbling madness about ‘you have to learn how to speak.’ He ultimately succumbed to the pressure.)


    Learning how to speak is one of the first major milestones in a person’s life and should always come before writing.


    I’m sorry. What I wrote is that you must have just come from listening to such a speech.

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