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Fun Fact March 24, 2020.

24 March 2020


Can we talk?  Human speech predates written language by tens of thousands of years. No one knows exactly how old spoken language is.  French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau argued that speech arose not out of need but as a way to express our passions.  Talking requires the use of dozens of muscles in the lips, throat, and tongue, but speaking in a normal tone is no more tiring than sitting in silence.  Dr. Nicholas Emler, a British psychologist, has argued that up to 80% of average conversations consist of gossip. He claims that gossiping is an essential part of our humanity.  Another Psychologist, Albert Mehrabian, argued that speaking actually makes up a relatively small proportion of communication. He asserts that communication is roughly 55% body language, 38% tone of voice, and 7% words used.  Around 25% of people report suffering from glossophobia, that is the fear of public speaking.  I understand that.  My profession requires me to talk and people will ask sometimes if I’m nervous when I’m on the air and the answer is no.  When I’m on the air there may be thousands of people listening, but I’m only talking to one of them.  Now, put me on a stage in front of a thousand people, that I can see and hear, that’s when the nerves show up.