If you’ve conquered your fear of public speaking and are preparing to give a speech, congratulations! Whether you’re speaking at a company meeting, wedding, or teaching something, public speaking is a lot less nerve-wracking when you’re prepared.
A great way to get prepared to give a speech is to know if what you’ve written is long enough (or short enough) for the time slot.
How long is my speech? 5 minutes and 59 seconds. How long does it have to be? 6 minutes. #stressingtothemax
— Alexandria Power (@A_got_the_POWER) March 29, 2012
To find out, you can use a pair of websites to get an estimate of how long your speech will be.
Using SpeechInMinutes.com, you enter the number of words in your talk (use free word counting tools to find out) along with how fast you speak. The average speed is 130 words per minute, but this can be adjusted to 100 or 160 words.
This page also provides a ballpark estimate of some common speech times — a five minute speech is roughly 650 words, for example.
For more info about your specific speech, head over to ReadTime.eu. Here, you can paste your speech text in and the site will let you know how long it will take to read that text, on average.
If you think you’re a lot slower or faster of a speaker than the average, you can use the site’s built-in stopwatch to time a sample reading and adjust the scale of your reading speed from there.
Another great feature of this site is the ability to add breaks in your speech, from one to 99 seconds long. This lets you account for planned emphasis pauses, giving you a more accurate idea of how long the talk will be.
Now that you’ve got everything timed out, make sure your accompanying PowerPoint is just as awesome!
Are you comfortable giving speeches? Or do you shake and quiver in anxiety? Did these tools help you at all? Let us know below!
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