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Old 19th Jun 2006, 10:48   #11
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Interesting question. Pages per Minute I guess it would depend on line spacing font size etc. I know that one page of correctly formatted film script = one minute of screen time but that's including all acting and car chases.

Find and old lecture on your machine, print it out, read it aloud and time three pages of it. The wee bit of poking about I just did on the web suggests that your guestimate isn't far wrong at 100 wpm.

How fast can people hear though? ie how many Words per Minute can the average person understand before they blank out? That's another question.

I once saw a touring version of MacBeth which was delivered so fast (it was the end of the tour and they just wanted to get to the pub) that it was incomprehensible. If I listened really hard it was obvious that all the words were there and enunciated correctly but they were said so rapidly that, unless I concentrated incredibly hard, I couldn't hear them as words. All I heard was a torrent of sylables:

WhenshallwethreemeetagainInthunderlightningorinrai n?Whenthehurlyburly'sdone,Whenthebattle'slostandwo n.Thatwillbeerethesetofsun.Wheretheplace?Uponthehe ath.TheretomeetwithMacbeth.Icome,Graymalkin!Paddoc kcalls.Anon.Fairisfoul,andfoulisfair:Hoverthrought hefogandfilthyair.

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Not a good night.
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Good luck Digger, I know you'll be fine and the audience will be happy because you are passionate about your subject. Practice alot before delivering to get the timing right but if you're worried about it, prepare a list of dicussion points for a Q&A at the end. (or just take loads more slides to show them if you need to).
Talk about half the speed that sounds right to you and they'll hear every word.
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yes, hopefully I will not be delivering it at anything like that rate! The worthy ladies and gents of a certain age of Midhurst wouldn't deal very well with that!

I suspect that as far as comprehension goes, wpm that people will actually grasp will be aided greatly by illustrative pictures. Thankfully my job results in fairly decent interesting pictures nice ruins, interesting architectural features etc, although that may simply be me! Mind you, it's not too hard to find nice things to say about this place:

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oooh - a fixer upper!
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oooh - a fixer upper!
Just enough to stop bricks and stonework falling off the walltops onto unsuspecting members of the public. There will also finally be some information about the ruins, which should hopefully stop the rumours of cursed monks and multiple fires (only burnt down once in 1973). It'll be open to the general masses next spring.
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Scrap Powerpoint Wavid, just talk to them.
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You know, I quite like that idea.
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