Public speaker

Public speaker

A public speaker is a person who makes speeches in public settings. A speaker may address a large assembly of people or small gatherings. For large assemblies, the speaker will usually speak with the aid of a public address system or microphone and speaker.

The objectives of a public speaker's presentation can range from simply transmitting information, to motivating people to act, to simply telling a story. Professional public speakers are committed on ongoing training and education to refine their craft. This may include seeking guidance to improve their speaking skills -- such as learning better storytelling techniques, for example, or learning how to effectively use humor as a communication tool -- as well as continuous research in their topic area of focus.

Sometimes, professional speakers are paid a speaking fee, but many speak for free. In the case of high profile personalities, the sum can be extraordinary. For example, former President of the United States Bill Clinton requires one million dollars for a speaking engagement.

Many people list speaking in public as their greatest fear; it ranks higher than the fear of death for many individuals. Clinically, this fear is known as "Glossophobia".

An "after dinner speaker" is a person who makes a public speech after a formal dinner. Normally it is meant to be reasonably light-hearted and entertaining, but the speaker can have a serious or inspirational message. The speaker may propose a toast or vote of thanks at the end of the speech. Some people charge for and make a living from after dinner speaking, for example ex-politicians, sports stars and other public figures.

ee also

* Public speaking
* International Training in Communication
* Speaking fee
* Association of Speakers Clubs
* Toastmasters International


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