i.e. a person who earns a living (or a portion of it) from public speaking.

A single word would be preferred but up to 2 words max since I am working with a word limit myself.

  • 3
    What's wrong with professional speaker?
    – Mick
    Dec 1, 2016 at 23:35
  • 1
    Perhaps a lecturer? Dec 1, 2016 at 23:45
  • @Mick: Too many characters lol. It's copy for a logo so I wanted to keep it under 12 characters so it remains aesthetically pleasing.
    – neomadic
    Dec 2, 2016 at 13:44

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Consider spokesman.

Spokesman noun A person who makes statements on behalf of a group or individual: ‘a spokesman for Greenpeace’ - ODO

I'd hazard a guess, though, that people who pay to listen to a speaker do so for the content delivered, rather than the speaking itself. It may be more useful to seek a term relevant to your subject matter.


People who advertise this service on their websites tend to call themselves the following:

motivational speaker

Here is one example of many: https://www.jessicacox.com/about-jessica/

  • Again, that does not imply that they do it for a living, even if that is often the case.
    – Drew
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:50
  • @Drew - I have never seen someone billed as a motivational speaker who doesn't charge. I think the amateurs are called toastmasters. Dec 2, 2016 at 4:18
  • Maybe you have never seen one. That does not change the fact that a motivational speaker is a speaker who motivates. It is not necessarily one who does so for remuneration. It is the difference between a coach and a professional coach. A professional motivational speaker does it for remuneration. Perhaps someone will come up with a great single-word answer, but not I. I don't know a more accurate or simpler term for the answer than professional speaker.
    – Drew
    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:52

An orator? That's about the closest word I could think of.

  • Nothing about it implies professional: speaking to earn a living. The OP asks for a professional speaker, not a public speaker.
    – Drew
    Dec 2, 2016 at 2:57
  • "A person who delivers an oration; a public speaker, especially one of great eloquence"
    – DdTnT
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:43
  • In order to achieve eloquence, the person must be a professional at oration.
    – DdTnT
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:44
  • No, not professional in the sense of speaking for money. That meaning of pro is not conveyed by orator.
    – Drew
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:50
  • Motivational / Conventional / Professional / Eloquent / Expert Orator?
    – DdTnT
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:53

How about a Goldman-Sachs chinwag? One can never be sure that any bon mot uttered behind closed doors on Wall Street will never emerge into the cold light of day and thence into the media's spotlight, but at $250,000 a bung, this has got to be a nice little earner for some. (Wikileaks).

Goldman-Sachs: A US financial services conglomerate (Wikipedia);

Chinwag: slang -- Conversation, chat. (Merriam-Webster)

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