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#4646880 - 05/20/24 10:54 AM How many words/sentence should a speech be?  
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One of my friend's kid graduating high school this week.

Ceremony on Saturday.

She's salutatorian. She's told to write a speech and she'll have 7 minutes of time.

So how many words is a 7 minutes speech ?

7 minutes does not look like a lot of time to say anything.

Also what do you write besides thank you teachers thank you mom and dad high school was a blast ?

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#4646917 - 05/20/24 09:45 PM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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3-5 minutes is a good length. Unless you’re a practiced public speaker, once you write the speech and edit it for length take another 30 seconds or so of words out. Most people speak too fast.

As far as the time available, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address had 271 words and took 2 minutes to give.

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#4646918 - 05/20/24 09:58 PM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: NH2112]  
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Originally Posted by NH2112
Most people speak too fast.

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Especially in the Northeast. Southerners though tend to have a slower cadence. smile


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#4646919 - 05/20/24 10:04 PM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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#4646920 - 05/20/24 10:14 PM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Tell them to...

a) Include prayer
b) Talk positively about conservative values
c) Stand up against wokeism


That will make for an amazing speech, a memorable aftermath, and the national news.


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#4646925 - 05/21/24 12:45 AM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Originally Posted by NoFlyBoy


7 minutes does not look like a lot of time to say anything.



If you're not used to addressing a crowd, 7 minutes will seem like a lifetime.
And remember that's an upper limit, she can go shorter. I taught HS for 30 years, and went to every graduation in that time. The student speeches were usually 3-4 minutes at most.
Usually they will reflect back about how it was when they started off as freshman, maybe some particular events or memories from their time in school, something about how the class really seemed to come together and bond that senior year and that the class will be successful and the school will never be the same once they are gone, and how their class is going to make their mark in the world.

You can probably Google some speeches for ideas and adapt what you find and like, and improvise from there.
Or ask ChatGPT!


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#4646927 - 05/21/24 01:29 AM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Originally Posted by NH2112
Most people speak too fast.

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Especially in the Northeast. Southerners though tend to have a slower cadence. smile


It’s all those extra syllables you add LOL

Northern convenience store clerk: “want a bag for that?”
Southern convenience store clerk: “y’owll wownt thayat eeinn a sayack?” biggrin

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#4646929 - 05/21/24 02:57 AM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Thanks all.

I saw a draft of the speech.

My friend send it.

I think it's too long for 7 minutes.

But he said his daughter has practiced it and claims she can get it done.

#4646937 - 05/21/24 09:43 AM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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I have given a number of presentations and talks in the past. In my previous experience, for a five minute presentation for example, one composes and types; reads through and decides that it is too long.
Just to make sure, test-speak it at public speaking speed and realise it only took two out of the five minutes expected.
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#4646939 - 05/21/24 10:25 AM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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On a related note, I've always found it interesting how democratically-elected political leaders tend to have shorter public speeches while dictators like Stalin, Fidel Castro and Hitler often had political speeches that would run 2 hours or longer.


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#4646952 - 05/21/24 03:19 PM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: NH2112]  
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Originally Posted by NH2112
Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Originally Posted by NH2112
Most people speak too fast.

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Especially in the Northeast. Southerners though tend to have a slower cadence. smile


It’s all those extra syllables you add LOL

Northern convenience store clerk: “want a bag for that?”
Southern convenience store clerk: “y’owll wownt thayat eeinn a sayack?” biggrin



Now that all depends. Some Southern speech is much more brief. Such as “did you eat yet” would be. “Jeet”.


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#4647190 - 05/28/24 06:39 AM Re: How many words/sentence should a speech be? [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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This was her speech and it lasted 9 minutes and the principals didn't cut her off at 7.

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Good evening, faculty members,
teachers, families, friends and my 303 fellow graduates.

Welcome to the night we have all waited 
eagerly for,
counting down the days, hours and minutes until its arrival.

Before I commence with my speech,
I would like to extend a series of thanks.

THANK YOU to my teachers and faculty members
who are some of the most inspiring members I've ever come across.

THANK YOU to my sister who never fails to be my best friend
despite our age gap of 6 long years between us.

THANK YOU to my Mom and Dad.
From whom I was given my life, my name, and my mind.

THANK YOU to my Grandparents who,
filled our home with creativity, warmth, love and individuality.

I truly would not be here today without their never ending love, patience and guidance.

Now that the emotional acknowledgements are done and over with, 
I can proceed with the section of my speech 
in which I attempt to be inspirational.

Please accept the following cliche sayings:

The world is your oyster.
March to the beat of your own drum.
Don't cry because it's over.
Smile because it happened.
Shoot for the moon.
If you miss, you'll land among the stars.
Live, laugh, love.

Are you inspired yet?

The Truth is, it feels rather pretentious for me to stand here
and talk down to you all.
As if anything I may say will have a lasting or motivational impact on you.
So, rather than giving you a lackluster spiel that most of you will forget about 
tomorrow.

I would instead like to tell you a story.

August 2020, we entered this campus as bright-eyed and baby-face freshmen.
Those first step into high school make up the first
and most important pages of our story.
Back then, this school seemed much more confusing 
and intimidating than it feels now.

We would attach the school map onto our binders and
draw out our daily path through the bustling halls with
colorful highlighters just to ensure that we didn't get lost.

We followed our class shopping list exactly,
buying a separate binder and notebook for each class
only to realize by the end of the first week that we had only used
one of them.

We came into this new experience with the notion
that we were going to change for the better.
New Year, New school, New ME.

Little did we know just how much change we would undergo 
in the months to come.

Freshman year, still first semester, we continued about the halls 
with the new found confidence gained after our first weeks.

The end of those first weeks
marked the beginning of a new story that was much more
dreadful than the story of high school ever was.

2020 was the peak of COVID-19,
these terms are all synonymous for
the strangest high school any of us have ever experienced.
We went through the standard stressors of freshmen year
and on top of all of that, we dealt with a
rapidly spreading pandemic, social distancing, 
numerous quarantines, school closure,
and online learning from home.

And worst of all, we can't even talk 
about all the struggles of COVID-19 without
everyone in this audience
right now silently thinking,
"Oh my God, not this again!"

So I would instead urge you to focus on a more positive aspect of our freshman year.
The fact that it's over.

It's a miracle that we are all able to not only survive
but also learn and grow from that chaotic experience.

Sophomore was the freedom year when we truly begin to feel independent.
Some of us were able to get our first driver's permit,
despite the fact that the only times we were allowed to drive
was to and from school in our parents SUV.

We looked down on the childish freshmen even though
we were in their exact same position a year prior.
And we looked up to the juniors and
seniors who were likely too swamped with their own
responsibilities to give us the time of day.

This was also the year that never truly felt like it ended.
There was no big send off, no crowd of elated students
flooding out of the school gates and into the Summer.

The end of the sophomore year meant 
we were on our way to becoming juniors.

Whether you and I walk through the doors together
at the start of our junior year or joined along the way,
we all realized we have all grown into young adults.

For one of the first times in our lives, we started looking at tomorrow.
The tomorrow that represents the unknown which in turn creates opportunity.
With that opportunity, each day, we knew to be the best version of ourselves.

We may look different individually from our friends here.
We may pursue different avenue than our friends here,
and we may end up in different places than our friends,
but all of that is okay.

We dictated our individual achievements and
let our passions drive our purposes throughout our junior year.

Finally the year that has brought us all here tonight.
This year has been exhausting in its own special way.
For some of us, it was packed full of AP and collegiate classes,
standardized tests, and college applications.

For others, the lucky ones, senior year was the
most stress-free and fun year of their high school experience.
However, for all of us, senior year was full of questions.

What colleges did you get into?
What career do you want to go into?
What are you going to do with your life after graduation?

We may already know the answers to these questions
but it's okay if we don't.
After 12 years of schooling, I think we all deserve a break.

Of course there are outliers from the story,
There are the early enrolled students who
we don't get to see that often.
Yet they still join us here tonight
and there are those we have lost who
we will mourn and miss in our hearts and who will
always be part of our story.

To all of you here tonight,
I'll leave you with one final
sentiment before we end this journey together.

We are about to walk into the big world.
It may seem intimidating.
However, what truly matters is not the big world.
But the smaller, more tangible worlds we find along the way.
Wherever we may go, we will find our own small world,
full of people, and things we love,
where we will all do great things.

My sincere hope is that we are excited about today.
We look forward to tomorrow and when we reflect
on our high school years,
we are always proud of where we came from.

The past four years have been a whirlwind at time
but we have remained strong like a light 
that will forever shine bright.

Watching us grow together as young adults
has been a rewarding experience for all of us.

Walking those steps together
for the last time into the stadium tonight
filled our hearts with joy and 
I couldn't help but smile knowing
that we made it, not alone, but together.

I am honored 

to be our Class of 2024 Salutatorian,

to lead us into the future and

I hope you always know and remember,

we ARE appreciated,
 
we ARE valued,

we DO matter,

we WILL FOREVER

be a BobCat.

Thank you,

and God Bless You.

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