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This Website Tells You How Long Your Speech Will Be

Ben Stegner 19-07-2016

If you’ve conquered your fear of public speaking Slay These 8 Public Speaking Demons to Conquer Your Fear It's often said that people fear public speaking more than death. But it's something that many have to do regularly. Here are eight public speaking demons and how to kill them. Read More 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.

To find out, you can use a pair of websites to get an estimate of how long your speech will be.

Using, you enter the number of words in your talk (use free word counting tools 3+ Free Word Count Tools for PDF, Office, and Text Files When you need to count the words in a Microsoft Word document, PDF, or any other format, here are the tools at your disposal. Read More 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 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 5 Powerpoint Tips to Improve Your Presentation Skills Overnight You step up to the podium. Your palms are sweaty, your heart is racing, and just as you're about to open your mouth and speak, your mind goes blank. Need help? Read More !

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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  1. Michael DeLeon
    November 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    The subtlety of the cinemagraphs evokes more emotion than the distracting motionography.

    • Ben Stegner
      November 4, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      What does that have to do with giving a speech?

      • Michael DeLeon
        November 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm

        Sorry, I scrolled down to comment on a photography post and somehow ended up on the wrong post.

        • Ben Stegner
          November 4, 2016 at 6:56 pm

          I should have figured that's what happened. Sorry about that, and thanks for commenting!

  2. Tom
    July 19, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Doesn't that website complete a 4th grade division problem for you?

    • Ben Stegner
      July 19, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      Sure, but these sites also provide a few extra features, like a stopwatch to help you measure how fast your reading speed is. If you're satisfied with a quick calculation as a ballpark estimate, you probably don't need these resources.