Speaking with a Teleprompter

Professionally Speaking...

Teleprompters are a relatively recent addition to the field of oratory. Since that time, scores of political figures and business people have used teleprompters to deliver speeches. In the best of all possible scenarios, the speaker reading from the teleprompter panels appears to be looking directly into the camera or directly at the audience and speaking spontaneously. Here are some tips which will make you less stilted when using a teleprompter.

about those convention teleprompters

The Eloquent Woman

So many people have Googled their way to this blog to ask whether speakers used teleprompters at the two political conventions that I think it's worth a short discussion. The answer is yes: Speakers expect to use teleprompters at conventions, where the hall--and the television audience beyond it--is huge. And while most people giving a speech don't use teleprompters, there's no shame in doing so. People didn't use teleprompters until 30 years ago.


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Mr Miliband's style of delivery gets into the headlines

Max Atkinson

I''ve blogged before about politicians - including President Obama and Ed Miliband - using teleprompters, reading from scripts, speaking without scripts, pretending not to have a script, modelling management guru walkabouts, etc. In his leader''s speech yesterday, Mr Miliband excelled himself by forgetting some crucial lines from the script he had tried to remember.

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Practice with a teleprompter--at your desk, free

The Eloquent Woman

If you're doing webcasts, planning a big speech for a big auditorium, practicing your delivery, rehearsing for a stint as a broadcast anchor or recording a video, TeleKast is a new open-source (read: free) tool you can use to put a professional quality teleprompter right on your computer , for use with Windows or Linux operating systems. Tags: video women and public speaking speaker preparation teleprompter webinars

David Miliband trips up on the teleprompter

Max Atkinson

Apart from the question of whether speakers should ever apologise for something the audience would never have noticed if their attention hadn't been drawn to it by the apology, it's another reminder to politicians that teleprompters are not a sure-fire guarantee of effective delivery (see other posts below). Thatcher had more teleprompter troubles than Obama Ronald Reagan's masterclass on how to cope when the teleprompter lets you down

Thatcher had more teleprompter troubles than Obama

Max Atkinson

Bert Decke r has just posted a very interesting piece arguing that President Obama’s use of the teleprompter isn’t doing any favours for his reputation as a great communicator. This doesn’t surprise me, because I’ve always thought it a rather mixed blessing since seeing Margaret Thatcher’s performance deteriorate after she moved from using a script on a lectern to reading from teleprompter screens. Before 1982, she never used a teleprompter.

Obama’s glass crutches

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Communications expert Bert Decker has noted that it causes a metronome-like quality to his delivery [.]. Tags: Public Speaking Laurie Brown President Obama teleprompter The Teleprompter Manual News that Obama is being criticised for relying too much on a telepromter should not surprise professional speakers. The President seems to require the twin panes of glass be there whenever he speaks. Critics rightly claim it strips him of authenticity.

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How to convince executives that presenters need presentation skills training

PowerPoint Tips

But executives at their organization are comfortable with the old way of using the slide as a teleprompter, even though the audience hates it! Content Delivery Design principles convince executives presentation skills training I hear it all the time. It usually comes from people in the Communications or Marketing department. They’ve been reading this blog — and others — about how to create powerful, persuasive presentations.

Reading a Speech

Manner of Speaking

Obama is particularly good in this respect, although he usually has a teleprompter to each side to give him the appearance (especially on TV) of speaking without notes. Chances are you will not be using teleprompters very often. Filed under: Delivery , Seth Godin. Delivery Seth Godin Barack Obama notes public speaking reading Ronald Reagan using notes Winston Churchill

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How Obama could eliminate his ums (and so could you)

Speaking about Presenting

A number of high-profile presentation bloggers and authors have commented recently on Barack Obama’s speaking style - when he doesn’t have his teleprompter in front of him. Barack Obama, whose superior speaking skills undoubtedly contributed to his ascent to the presidency, is known to lapse into unwords whenever he departs from his trusty teleprompter and speaks extemporaneously.

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Michelle Obama 1, teleprompter 0

The Eloquent Woman

Staying on time--and more importantly, on message--means that each speaker is given a speech written for them, and the use of teleprompters and other technology helps keep the show on schedule, if stilted. I realized that speakers have a great opportunity this week and next to learn how to avoid the teleprompter version of "lectern lock," a common issue in which nervous speakers grab the lectern and never let go.

How to stop waffling once and for all

Speaking about Presenting

But politicians have teleprompters and paid professional speakers deliver the same presentation over and over again. Tags: Delivery Waffling happens when your brain stops working but your mouth keeps going. The solution to waffling is simple: When you have nothing ready to say, stop, look at your notes, work out what you to say, look up again and start talking. Easy to say. Difficult to do.

2010 186

6 Powerful Pitch Deck Tips to Get Seed Funding

Duarte Blog

Your deck is your sidekick, not your teleprompter. Business Delivery Presentations Storytelling TipsCongratulations on having a great business idea. Extra congratulations if you’ve started the company and gotten some traction. Good job, you! Now all you need is some money to bring your startup vision to life. So…you start writing a pitch.

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Stop that Stutter: 6 Steps to Overcome Presentation Performance Anxiety

Duarte Blog

I’ve seen great speakers keep images of their children on their teleprompter because of this technique. Delivery Diary Question Tips anxiety fear help nerves nervous presentation problem solution speech stutter stuttering tips tweet twitterRecently we received a tweet from a follower of @Duarte requesting any advice for a stuttering presenter.

2012 87

No, we didn’t do Obama’s slides—Wait! he used slides?

Duarte Blog

To make matters worse for her, the teleprompter placement was poor and the speech wasn’t spectacular: @thomsinger Um, I feel like Michele Bachmann is talking to someone standing off to the right side of the room. Delivery Event News Barack Obama politician PowerPoint president SOTU speech State of the Union Winning the FutureYesterday was the day I’ve dreaded now for a long time. Politicians using slides.

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Did George Osborne get away with reading his speech from the back of the hall?

Max Atkinson

Gigantic screens at the back of the hall, big enough for speakers to read their scripts from, seem to be replacing more traditional teleprompters (like Autocue ) this year. Does this technological gadgetry help them to improve the delivery of their speeches?

How your smartphone can help you become a better presenter

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Video recording is great for making you aware of the visual aspects of your presentation delivery. As well as the audio applications mentioned above, video is a really useful tool for fine tuning your non-verbal delivery such as… a) Irritating repetitive hand gestures. a) Teleprompter apps for Android and iOS. Nowadays there are a wealth of Teleprompter and Autocue apps available for Android and iOS devices.

2014 68

How virtual presentations can help your live presentations

Speak Schmeak

I learned how to use a teleprompter yesterday. The teleprompter operator was masterful at follow my speaking rate, so that I could just do what I do naturally and he kept up. I'm sure the more familiar I get with using a teleprompter, the easier it will be, much like how my communication skills in Spanish became much more fluid over the week I was in Mexico. I highly recommend working with a professional videographer and learning to use a teleprompter.

2012 168

23 PowerPoint Presentation Tips for Creating Engaging and Interactive Presentations


Do not use PowerPoint as a teleprompter. Do not use PowerPoint as a teleprompter. A common crutch for rookie presenters is to use slides as their teleprompter. Don’t just rehearse your slides, also take time to practice your delivery, and your tone. PowerPoint presentations are not usually known for being engaging or interactive. That’s often because most people treat their slides as if they are notes to read off and not a tool to help empower their message.

Presentation Skills for Executives

Professionally Speaking...

Craft your story(ies) well in advance of your presentation so you can practice your delivery, tone, pauses, inflection and facial expressions. If some practice runs through the script don't result in a smooth delivery, find a coach to help you sound polished and authentic, even though you are reading your presentation. And for pete's sake, if you are using a TelePrompter, PLEASE get some professional training/coaching on how to do it effectively.

Best iPhone Apps for Public Speaking

The Speaker Point

April 12, 2011 Posts Comments The Speaker Point Helping you master public speaking and communication skills Home Delivery Speech Analysis Making Money Preparation Reviews About Best iPhone Apps for Public Speaking February 25, 2011 By Alex Cequea View Comments The world of apps is a vast and inviting place, but it can easily get overwhelming. 3.99): This app has two parts: a Subliminal NLP Audio, and chapters taking you through presentation creation and delivery.

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Michelle Obama, Julian Castro, & Deval Patrick: A Slew of Great Speakers Kick Off the DNC

DeFinis Communications

She was truly connecting with people, not reading lines from the teleprompter. I was also impressed with Castro’s ability to try a range of delivery techniques. But like any great political speech, it wasn’t just his delivery. What fun to watch the speeches last night at the opening of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte NC. I was delighted to see such passionate oratory delivered via powerful technique and heartfelt storytelling.

2012 100

Famous Speech Friday: Ann Richards' 1988 Democratic Convention keynote

The Eloquent Woman

But Richards' delivery is what brought the house down--just one of several moments in this speech that did so. Here's what you can learn from this famous speech: Make sure your speech and delivery are a reflection of you: Far from trying to hide her accent, her sense of humor or her Texas roots, Richards embraced them in her public speaking. Her delivery's authentic, not automatic, and it made this speech stand out.

Famous Speech Friday: Francine Wheeler's radio address on gun control reforms

The Eloquent Woman

The setting was controlled, scripted and focused, with a teleprompter in front of her and her husband David by her side. Yet Wheeler, with a delivery described as "raw" and "struggling to maintain her composure" in press reports , transcended the limits of the setting to speak as a mother of two sons whose grief is still fresh: David and I lost our beloved son, but Nate lost his best friend.

2013 63

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. Then, start a pattern of listening, followed by an attempt at delivery. I coach speakers to keep going if they drop a line mid-delivery, rather than attempt to go back, work it in, and disrupt the flow.

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Famous Speech Friday: Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech

The Eloquent Woman

She took out notes at the beginning, but clearly went without them or the teleprompter for much of this speech. But in fact, Streep's delivery was heartfelt, measured, calm, and powerful--all better adjectives than "emotional" for this stunner of a speech.

2017 61

Presentation Zen (The DVD)

Presentation Zen

The making of the DVD It would have been easier if I read a script off a teleprompter in the studio, but that's not how we did it. Instead we spent over two days in the studio as I spoke to the camera about the three elements of a presentation — the preparation, design, and delivery — in front of a green screen. Last June, I made a trip from Osaka to San Francisco to film a video version of the PZ book.

Could Clegg improve his impact with better speechwriting and rehearsal?

Max Atkinson

This may have been because he was too glued to the words coming up on the screens and was 'teleprompted' onwards, or because he hadn't rehearsed it enough beforehand - or perhaps a combination of the two. As is explained in my books and illustrated by numerous video clips posted on this blog, the contrast is one of the most important and reliable rhetorical devices for triggering applause in speeches.

A generous audience for Clegg - but why on earth draw attention to it

Max Atkinson

In previous years, I've criticised Nick Clegg (and/or those advising him) for the decision to go for the management guru stye of delivery in his leader's speech - i.e. wandering around the stage pretending that he's not using a teleprompter. So the big plus this year was to see the Deputy Prime Minister looking rather more statesmanlike than usual by the simple device of staying firmly at the lectern.

Ed Miliband's tour de force

Max Atkinson

Could it be, I began to wonder, that our broadcast media are themselves so dependent on scripts and teleprompters that they're all too easily impressed by a style of speaking that they rather wish they could master for themselves? It's not clear to me whether this was mainly the result of scriptlessness, a more relaxed delivery than usual or, perhaps most likely (?)

Michael Foot's memorable oratory

Max Atkinson

To make life easier for reporters, he took to reading out the text of the pre-released speeches word for word - a style of delivery with which he was quite unfamiliar. To make matters worse, Michael Foot didn't have very good eyesight - and no one in the Labour Party had thought of equipping him with a teleprompter.

Five Ways to Speak Like Obama | BNET


04/21/09 | Reported as spam RE: Five Ways to Speak Like Obama Ok, I dont know what speeches youve been listening to, but without his teleprompter, he is not someone that I would try to emulate myself after. Finally, if it were not for teleprompters, it would not be possible for him to speak as eloquently as you have described. Without his teleprompter, he is not someone that I would try to emulate myself after. Use a Teleprompter.

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Clegg’s conference speech: ‘definitely OK, absolutely fine, without any doubt not bad’

Max Atkinson

Given Mr Clegg’s obsession with not being regarded as a clone of Tory leader David Cameron, repeated in yesterday’s speech with jokes about Brad Pitt, I remain baffled as to why insists on aping the management guru-apparently unscripted-walkabout style of delivery that made Cameron stand out at the Tory leadership beauty parade in 2005 – and set him on course to win the top job.

2009 55

Nick Clegg defies Rory Bremner (and me)

Max Atkinson

I was also struck by the way other commentators had concentrated on his teleprompter-dependent 'walk-about' style of delivery. More than 30 years have gone by since I first started recording political speeches (during the 1979 general election).

2010 48

President Obama's speech at Westminster awarded a B-

Max Atkinson

Taking rhetoric, content and delivery into account, I'd have given the original great communicator a straight A and a B- for his sucessor. Obama still lacks Reagan's teleprompter mastery Both presidents majored on foreign policy. It's also something of which American communications expert Bert Decker has been very critical over the last few years and his blog on 'Obama, Teleprompters and Authenticity' is well worth a read.

2011 63

On the death of Margaret Thatcher: notes on the evolution of charismatic woman

Max Atkinson

turned out to be an amenable pupil to Millar''s methods, which included advice on delivery as well as script. When I wrote ''Our Masters'' Voices'' (1984), Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and looked well set to win at least one more term of office (and actually won two more).

2013 66

BLOG INDEX: Sept 2008-August 2009

Max Atkinson

Televised interviews and political communication • Thatcher had more teleprompter troubles than Obama • Jargon & gobbledygook refresher course • How many numbers can you get into a minute? The 250 posts landmark • Another body language & non-verbal communication cartoon? • 'Check against delivery'? This is a list of everything posted since the blog started in September 2008.

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BLOG INDEX: Sept 2008-July 2009

Max Atkinson

JULY 2009 • Impersonators as masterful analysts of non-verbal communication • Televised interviews and political communication • Thatcher had more teleprompter troubles than Obama • Jargon & gobbledygook refresher course • How many numbers can you get into a minute? The 250 posts landmark • Another body language & non-verbal communication cartoon? • 'Check against delivery'? This is a list of everything posted since the blog started in September 2008.

2009 40

Famous Speech Friday: Melania Trump's speech at the Republican convention

The Eloquent Woman

That meant she was reduced to reading the teleprompter instead of reaching the audience. Some observers excused the flat delivery by saying English is not Trump's first language, but she speaks five languages. Pundits were reduced to commenting on her appearance and that her delivery was serviceable, because the content and genuine connection were so lacking.

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