- the act of delivering speeches in public.
- the art or skill of addressing an audience effectively.
Origin of public speaking
First recorded in 1755–65
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Examples from the Web for public speaking
This was, in a sense, the beginning of my public-speaking career.Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
Booker T. Washington
The public-speaking American wrote the Declaration of Independence.The Art Of The Moving Picture
If public-speaking means to you a fuller life, you will know no greater happiness than a well-spoken speech.The Art of Public Speaking
Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
The head tone is the voice of ordinary conversation and should form the basis of the public-speaking style.Talks on Talking
- the art or practice of making speeches to large audiences
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