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.

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.

Clint Eastwood and the Empty Chair

Manner of Speaking

Kudos to Clint for going out there at 82 and talking pretty much off the cuff and without a script on the teleprompter. Ad-libbing in the moment one thing; not knowing what you’re going to say is a whole other matter. “Who is sitting in that empty chair?”

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A Governor Goes Wild

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  In fact, one year I remember editing directly on the teleprompter a few minutes before the Governor was due to start.      He apparently ad libs most of the speech.    In the end, it is the best argument for a teleprompter and a script I’ve ever witnessed.  It’s the season for State of the State addresses. 

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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.

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To read or not to read? That is the question for speechwriters - or is it?

Max Atkinson

Nor was it particularly encouraging for people who make a living by writing speeches to be told that it's not a good idea to let your clients read scripts either - whether from pieces of paper or a teleprompter. Yesterday's conference of the UK Speechwriters' Guild was another stimulating treat, for which founder Bran Jenner deserves the thanks of all of us who were lucky enough to attend.

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