Presentation Skills: WPM (Words Per Minute)

Question: How can I determine how long my speech will take?

Answer:
People talk at an average rate of 100-120 words per minute. Meanwhile, a typical double spaced, typed written page is 250 words.

So one double spaced, typed page equals two minutes when read aloud as a speech. You can use this ratio to determine approximately how long your speech will take when spoken aloud.

Bonus tip: This web site article explains three attention grabbing ways to start your next speech.

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One response to “Presentation Skills: WPM (Words Per Minute)

  1. Don’t forget that you should aim to practise and rehearse your speech. That’s another good occasion to time the length of your speech. Your first rehearsal should be a bit longer than you actually need. And your last rehearsal should be just perfect.

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