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public speaking

the act of delivering speeches in public.
the art or skill of addressing an audience effectively.
1755-65 Unabridged
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  • His attention span is short, his public speaking poor.
  • His mode of public speaking had a touch of the preacher in it.
  • The purpose of this study is to compare two exposure-based behavioral group treatments for public speaking anxiety.
  • Ideal candidates will enjoy public speaking and presenting information to the community.
  • Compares self-reports of speech preparation activities by high and low public speaking apprehensive individuals.
  • Determines whether visualization can enhance students' public speaking performance and reduce speech anxiety.
British Dictionary definitions for public speaking

public speaking

the art or practice of making speeches to large audiences
Derived Forms
public speaker, noun
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the rationale and practice of persuasive public speaking. It is immediate in its audience relationships and reactions, but it may also have broad historical repercussions. The orator may become the voice of political or social history.

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