For anyone who has to give a speech, one of the first questions that usually comes to mind is, “How many words will it be?” The problem is that there is no fixed answer to this question. The number of words needed for a speech largely depends on the person delivering it.
Some people speak slowly when giving a speech while others speak fast. Fast talkers have to write more words per minute of their speech than slower talkers. With that said, there are some general guidelines that can help you make an informed estimate of how many words a speech will require.
Text to Speech for Schools
Text to Speech (TTS) falls under the umbrella of assistive technology. TTS software can process and convert printed and digital text into audio output. For this reason, it is also known as “read” technology. TTS benefits people with various developmental, reading, and learning disabilities, such as ADHD and dyslexia, to help them read written text and improve their reading skills.
Text-to-speech software is fast becoming a valuable mainstream educational technology, enabling students to improve their literacy skills and enjoy reading.
How fast does the average person speak?
It’s never satisfying when you ask a question that requires a direct answer only to get the answer “It depends”, but there are many details that affect this question. For example, if English is your first language, you probably speak faster than the average speaker of English as a second language. If you’re excited, rushed, or nervous, you’ll also tend to speak faster. On the other hand, if you are very relaxed, tired or bored, you will speak more slowly. There are even regional differences. Speedy New Yorkers talk faster than other Americans.
That being said, there really is an average speech rate.
Most people speak at an average rate of four to five syllables per second. Most words are between two and three syllables, giving you the answer that the average person speaks around 100 to 130 words per minute. A professional announcer usually uses between 150 and 160 words per minute. An auctioneer, on the other hand, produces a rapid fire of 250 to 400 words per minute. These are, however, exceptions. When he’s just talking, he typically speaks at a rate of 110 to 130 words per minute. This number can be important in knowing if you will ever be able to give a speech.
Is copywriting the same as content writing?
There is definitely an overlap between copywriting and content writing, but they are two different areas.
Writing is about persuasion; it’s about creating persuasive messages that compel customers to take action. On the other hand, content writing is more about educating your audience and providing valuable information.