# How Many Words Are in a 30 Minute Long Speech?

Answer: At the normal speaking rate of 130 words per minute (wpm), a 30 minutes long speech will have about 3,900 words .

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Speech and publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant found that, on average, people speak at a rate of 125 to 150 wpm so a 30 minutes long speech uses between 3,750 to 4,500 words.

You can use our word counter tool to see how long on average your text will take to speak.

## How can you measure your spoken words per minute?

To quickly know what your speaking rate is, write a 650-word essay and then get out a stopwatch. Time how long it takes you to speak all of the words in the essay.

Once you’ve finished, divide the word count (650 words) by the number of minutes in decimals (30 seconds = 0.5 minutes) and you’ll get an estimate of your words per minute speaking rate.

For example, if it takes you 4.5 minutes to speak 650 words, you would do 650 divided by 4.5 and get 144 words per minute.

## Word Count per Speech Length

To quickly find out how many words a typical speaking length requires, see the table below. You can quickly map word counts to typical speaking rates:

 Speech Length Slow (100 wpm) Average (130 wpm) Fast (160 wpm) 1 minute 100 words 130 words 160 words 5 minutes 500 words 650 words 800 words 10 minutes 1,000 words 1,300 words 1,600 words 15 minutes 1,500 words 1,950 words 2,400 words 20 minutes 2,000 words 2,600 words 3,200 words 25 minutes 2,500 words 3,250 words 4,000 words 30 minutes 3,000 words 3,900 words 4,800 words 45 minutes 4,500 words 5,850 words 7,200 words 60 minutes 6,000 words 7,800 words 9,600 words 2 hours 12,000 words 15,600 words 19,200 words