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Speech Duration Calculator

With this little tool, you can get a time estimation how long your script will be as a speech.

Simply enter the number of words of your speech and words per minute. If unsure, leave the value of 130 words per minute. This is an average value which should fit for native and non-native English speakers.

Some values you might need all the time:

  • An Icebreaker speech of 3:30 to 6:30 contains in average 455 to 845 words.
  • A regular speech of 4:30 to 7:30 contains in average 585 to 975 words.
  • An evaluation speech of 3 minutes contains in average 390 words.

Words To Speech

Time To Words

This works also the other way around. If you’d like to know how many words you’d need for your speech, enter minutes, seconds and words per minutes below.


Please keep in mind that these numbers are an estimation. They don’t take into consideration factors as filler words, pauses, interactions with your audience and such.

You’d still need to rehearse your speech and stop the time yourself to be sure to stay within the allowed time limits.