It seems that amidst today's technological advances, we are reviving the speaking & oral traditions of old in so many ways. That's not to say that we have not been utilizing speaking engagements - a great surge of "motivational speaking" expanded in the 1990s. However, with the past 15-years advancing social media, it's been difficult to find expressive & honest writing that wasn't in some journalistic shorthand, or some genuine enthusiastic speaking/teaching.
However, with recent trends in 2019 with webinars, virtual classrooms, and online conferencing, and the need to utilize them on a much larger scale in 2020 - people have been making great strides in engaging audiences through numerous social & professional platforms.
In listening to a webinar recently regarding ancient Celtic practices, it dawned on me the importance of the dynamic art of oral traditions. I began imagining my Gypsy Ancestors gathered around a fireside and talking about the day and sharing stories with the little ones before sending them into the wagons to sleep. And, I envisioned my Celtic Ancestors doing much the same within their Clan houses, perhaps with a visiting Bard sharing the news of the land in some enlivened, invigorating fashion.
Look for ways to share, with friends, colleagues, clients, family, children... Find the creative Speaker within who is inspired to share dynamically and vibrantly the deeper truths about Life, joy, challenges, overcoming, current events, conflict resolution, science, history, mythology, family and genealogy. There is so much to be shared and enjoyed and learned between one another.
As I continue developing online courses for the various classes I teach, I am inspired by the awesome power of the Spoken Word, oral traditions, and rich history of our human story. And, whether written or spoken (painted or sung, for that matter) it's exciting to think of all that will be shared in the future we create.