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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Since then, no public speaking has been allowed at City Council meetings. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "City Council’s lack of public speaking time sets Cleveland apart, advocate says," 12 Apr. 2021 At Mount Sharon, Prathia’s mother Ruby had children perform in front of the congregation, so her public speaking started young and became her calling card. Patrick J. Sauer, Essence, "Did You Know The Black Woman Who Inspired ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech?," 31 Mar. 2021 This explains why, for example, researchers have found that public speaking is college students’ most common fear; some scholars have famously asserted that people fear it even more than death. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "Go Ahead and Fail," 25 Feb. 2021 Imagine the learning — about history, about the presidency, about how to judge the merits of someone who lived in a different time, about public speaking, about persuasion. Heather Knight,, "Effort to rename S.F. schools could have been history lesson, but it placed politics over learning," 12 Jan. 2021 Students researched, wrote and edited their speeches and then practiced their public speaking skills, all with help from volunteer mentors from throughout the school district, contest organizer Jasmine Waterman said. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester students compete in oratory contest focused on Black history," 2 Apr. 2021 A month into his first term, Biden had so far been spared the scrutiny received by the likes of former President George W. Bush, who often struggled with public speaking, as the country deals with a public health and economic crisis. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "'Biden-isms': A stumble-prone president battles perceptions about his age," 2 Mar. 2021 The new quiz show, in fact, is a spinoff of Baer’s public speaking engagements. Christopher Borrelli,, "Touring Mr. Baer’s Neighborhood (Evanston) with the host of WTTW’s new ‘The Great Chicago Quiz Show’," 24 Mar. 2021 Part of that process included attending public speaking seminars and learning how to deal with anxiety over the media, ESPN reported. Mike Rodak |, al, "What Alabama is getting in offensive line coach Doug Marrone," 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of public speaking

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2021

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“Public speaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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