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    Ok, so I'm meant to be doing a speech on Friday that HAS to be 17 minutes or under. My speech is about 2,800 words and I really can't cut anything from it because the marker wants detail but to be within the limit and we have to interact with the audience at some point.

    Basically, I've timed my speech numerous times and it's usually around 15 minutes. Having said this, I speak it pretty fast. Do you reckon that matters considering it's a history speech so it's mainly about content. When I say it people can understand me, it's just a bit fast. I'm trying to get everything in though and speaking fast does this as well as makes me seem enthusiastic, etc. about the topic. (I speak fast but passionately).

    Any tips or feedback or thoughts?

    Are you doing any handouts to give to your audience? You could perhaps cut out a little content if you provide the audience with more material.

    Speeches should sound natural, at a relatively even pace so that the audience can think about what you're saying. Think about how fast your tutor speaks when delivering material to you, and aim for that.

    With 17 minutes, there's no way you can include EVERYTHING on the topic anyway, so I'm sure if you're still struggling for time you could cut SOMETHING out.

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