7 little-known facts about the teleprompter

The Eloquent Woman

In the New York Times obituary for teleprompter inventor Hubert J. Among the great facts to know and share: The teleprompter was invented in the late 1940s, before television was in widespread use--a device introduced ahead of its time, but ready for when its widest use and need would hit.

Make your talk better with practice and memorization

The Eloquent Woman

At most conferences, you get a mix of people reading from PowerPoint decks, using teleprompters, or simply ad-libbing around loose outlines. From the article: All the live practice began to reshape the talk itself. This, too, comes easier with practice.

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Ronald Reagan's master class on how to cope when the teleprompter lets you down

Max Atkinson

May 08, 1985 President Left Speechless by TelePrompTer STRASBOURG, France — President Reagan, often spoken of as "the great communicator," was noticeably at a loss for words when his TelePrompTer broke down during his major speech before the European Parliament today. White House spokesman Larry Speakes said Reagan's TelePrompTer cut out three times, causing the President to lose his place.

Why memorizing your high-stakes speech frees you: Sen. Amy Klobuchar

The Eloquent Woman

How important is it, really, to memorize your speech.especially if you will have access to a teleprompter? She'd be using a teleprompter, and under no circumstances could she make any jokes about then-President George W. Patrick Leahy’s speaking, the teleprompter goes dark.

Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

Prepare and practice. Dont use PowerPoint as a TelePrompTer. I was curious though, as an experienced speaker, when you were first starting out how many times would you practice your presentation before your speaking engagement? Practice in front of a webcam? They used to do a practice called table topics where you would learn to speak on the fly about any object, subject or situation that was presented to you.

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