How Long Is the Average Keynote Presentation?

Most speakers deliver presentations that are 60-90 minutes long and are fairly flexible if the agenda changes on the event day and they need to add or deduct 10-15 minutes to their speech. The most important point is that you continuously communicate how much time you have on the agenda to the speaker in the initial contract, on the pre-event conference call and on-site. Content speakers tend to be more flexible. For example, a leadership speaker can cut 10 great leadership ideas down to 8 fairly easily. Story-based speakers may find it harder, so they need lots of notice. For example, an Olympic athlete can’t end an inspiring story by cutting out the finish of the Olympic race or a mountain climber leave out what it felt like to reach the summit. The bottom line is to keep your speaker informed of any time changes in the agenda.

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