public speaking


Definition of public speaking

1 : the act or process of making speeches in public
2 : the art of effective oral communication with an audience

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Synonyms for public speaking


elocution, oratory

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Examples of public speaking in a Sentence

He has a fear of public speaking. She has a gift for public speaking. a book on public speaking
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Then participate in a public speaking workshop led by a National Geographic staff member who helps explorers craft stories for live events at headquarters, and practice presenting your own story. National Geographic, "Journalism and Multimedia High School Workshop at Nat Geo in Washington, D.C.," 12 June 2019 On their itinerary were stops at a few of the homes of her public speaking students. New York Times, "Both Had Something to Say. Finally, They Said It at the Same Time.," 25 May 2019 According to The College Fix, the syllabus for Maggor's public speaking course warns students that their attire will be scrutinized. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Cornell professor questioned a student's shorts. So she gave her thesis in underwear | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 Hundreds of residents filled multiple overflow rooms at the County Administration Center Thursday night and 95 members of the public spoke at the podium about how the county should set its budget for next fiscal year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nearly a hundred residents told Board of Supervisors how to spend $6.2 billion," 14 June 2019 Beth will make her first public speaking appearance since her second diagnosis in May. Dog the Bounty Hunter star Beth Chapman is speaking out amid her battle with cancer. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Star Beth Chapman to Make Her First Public Appearance Since Cancer Diagnosis," 30 Apr. 2019 Tapes of Princess Diana recorded by her public speaking coach Peter Settelen reveal that Philip approved of Prince Charles's affair with Camilla. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Did Prince Philip Really Have an Affair?," 15 Dec. 2017 Vanilla Ice, now known for his home improvement show on the DIY network, had been in Dubai for a public speaking event, according to Quon. Rose Minutaglio, Popular Mechanics, "Vanilla Ice Keeps His Cool While Trapped on Quarantined New York Plane," 5 Sep. 2018 No one from the public spoke up about the issue and none of the board of alderman had anything to say about the request. Jesse Wright,, "Burr Ridge moves to annex Willow Springs property," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of public speaking

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of public speaking was in 1759

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English Language Learners Definition of public speaking

: the act or skill of speaking to a usually large group of people

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