What is an orator?I think that we all defined the term orator differently, which was a contributory factor for our disagreeing. It may be that I was the only one who insisted that a true top notch orator can speak convincingly without notes and certainly without a teleprompter. The best IMHO can come up with a mesmerizing speech off the cuff, just answering a question.
Who can be considered a great one?
As I see it, an excellent orator composes his/her speeches. A top orator isn't a well-rehearsed actor reciting/reading the words of others. But the dictionary only credits orators with delivery:
1: one who delivers an oration
2: one distinguished for skill and power as a public speaker
This Encyclopedia Brittanica definition of oratory supports me:
"...basis for the art of oratory, is the art of using words effectively..."What do you think? And who do you think fits your definition of a great orator? And who isn't?