When developing a presentation, factoring in the talk time is essential. Many of our presentation design projects are based on a talk script. We will run the script through an app that gives us an estimate of how long it will take for that amount of text to be spoken.

One free online tool for this is “Words to Time“. It has some great features to get a better talk time estimate;  number of words and reading speed.

It is very fast and easy to convert words to an estimated time. They offer a simple conversion chart for quick reference as well.

As an example, we converted Abraham Lincoln’ Getty Berg Address.

Lincoln’s speech was a small 267 words in total. Using the average reading speed (approx. 130 WMP) Words to Time estimated Lincoln’s speech to be about 2 minutes. According to the history, this is completely accurate! (Source: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/civil/jb_civil_gettysbg_1.html)

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