Your speech pace: guide to speeding and slowing down

  • Fast: indication of passion, urgency, excitement, and emotion.
  • Slow: indication of importance, sadness, confusion, the seriousness of a point or the introduction of new ideas (use to help the audience grasp what you are saying)

Speech rate guidelines

  • Slow: less than 110 wpm
  • Conversational: between 120 wpm and 150 wpm.
  • Fast: more than 160 wpm
  • Radio hosts and podcasters speak at 150–160 wpm.
  • Auctioneers and commentators speak between 250 to 400 wpm.

Finding your speech rate


  • Pro Metronome



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