public speaker

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public speaking

The act, art, or process of making effective speeches before an audience.

public speaker n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.public speaker - a person who delivers a speech or orationpublic speaker - a person who delivers a speech or oration
eulogist, panegyrist - an orator who delivers eulogies or panegyrics
elocutionist - a public speaker trained in voice production and gesture and delivery
haranguer - a public speaker who delivers a loud or forceful or angry speech
speaker, talker, verbaliser, verbalizer, utterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"
spellbinder - an orator who can hold his listeners spellbound
tub-thumper - a noisy and vigorous or ranting public speaker
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TROUBLED football legend Paul Gascoigne is enjoying some welcome success - an after-dinner speech he is planning for Compton Hospice has nearly sold out.
The trainer, the only one from the current crop to have saddled the winner of the Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Grand National, is hosting the event and giving the after-dinner speech at Von Essen's Lower Slaughter Manor in Gloucestershire.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to do an after-dinner speech celebrating 100 years of Hampden and Denis was one of the guests of honour.
Additionally, the social highpoint of the event was the Awards dinner (see back page) with an after-dinner speech by Cao Kai Xing, General Secretary of the China Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Association.
Richmond was involved in the escalation of an Arab claim that the Zionists were poised to destroy the Dome of the Rock: a claim based on naive drawings from Zionist folklore and a literal interpretation of a metaphor used by Alfred Mond in an after-dinner speech. He also lobbied incessantly and improperly, but successfully, for the promotion of Muhammed Hajj Amin al-Husayni (subsequently Hitler's greatest ally in the Middle East) to the post of Grand Mufti.
As for humans, Morley says the lesson is that to be most memorable, the after-dinner speech should be given before dinner.
And so on--language so blandly benign, so odorlessly decent, that it seems to have been hastily glued together for an after-dinner speech.
According to The Daily Star, the ex-Ryder Cup captain was discharged from hospital two weeks after collapsing before his after-dinner speech at an Aberdeen hotel.
The ex-Ryder Cup captain collapsed while about to give an after-dinner speech at a hotel in Aberdeen.
Anyone who has ever given an after-dinner speech will know what the man has been through.
The only drawback was being unable to sleep on Saturday night after my after-dinner speech. I was totally unable to decide whether I was going to get up early to watch Wales V Samoa.