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Timing of Speeches

  • Before you write your speech find out how long it is expected to last

  • A good formal speech takes, on average, between
    5 and 10 minutes to deliver

  • A good informal speech can range from just 1 to 4 minutes

  • Allow up to 150 words per minute to provide an approximation of how much you need to write

  • And remember for informal speeches, "Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope!"

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Timing of Speeches

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Quotes about Speeches
Take heart from the following famous quotes about making and writing speeches!

  • "It usually takes more than three weeks to write a good impromptu speech." American writer Mark Twain

  • "The very best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance."  American writer Ruth Gordon

  • "Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope!" Lord Reading, English politician

  • "Be sincere; be brief; be seated." President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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