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Public speaker

A public speaker is one who makes speeches in public settings, such as at parks or other public locations. 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.

Sometimes professional speakers are paid a 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.

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