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
Recent Examples on the Web This column recently suggested that President Joe Biden avoid public speaking, at least on weighty topics such as weapons of mass destruction. James Freeman, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 With his gentle manner and professorial glasses, Dr. Jha has often been a soothing figure on television — unlike Mr. Zients, whose public speaking tends to sound stiff and scripted. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2022 However, this is unlikely a new thing, and many people dread public speaking — even among a group of familiar colleagues. Johnny Warström, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Success for a participant may come in the form of getting their first job, public speaking and gaining self-confidence. Roxanne De La Rosa, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2022 Aside from its sexist tone and content, the article also contrasted Ms. Rayner’s start in life with Mr. Johnson’s elite education and his public speaking skills honed at the Oxford Union, the university’s famous debating society. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 The skills developed include public speaking and civic engagement and advocacy techniques. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Mar. 2022 Choosing someone who can think on their feet and is comfortable with public speaking and confident fielding questions is essential when selecting a spokesperson. Yec, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Bloomfield Toastmasters is dedicated to improving public speaking and interpersonal communication techniques among the local and online community., 22 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of public speaking

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Public speaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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