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. And while most people giving a speech don't use teleprompters, there's no shame in doing so.

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Practice with a teleprompter--at your desk, free

The Eloquent Woman

Here's a video that walks you through the possibilities: When you're working with a teleprompter, you don't look at the camera--just at the script, which scrolls up so you can keep reading smoothly. Tags: video women and public speaking speaker preparation teleprompter webinars

David Miliband trips up on the teleprompter

Max Atkinson

Thatcher had more teleprompter troubles than Obama Ronald Reagan's masterclass on how to cope when the teleprompter lets you downA couple of days ago, I posted a clip from a speech by Labour leadership candidate Ed Miliband.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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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!

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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 twitter

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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. Yesterday 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 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 highly recommend working with a professional videographer and learning to use a teleprompter.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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. Her delivery's authentic, not automatic, and it made this speech stand out. In a room made for teleprompters, she turns away from the perfect camera angle to read it.

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. What if the President of the United States stepped aside and let you give a talk in his place?

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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. Then, start a pattern of listening, followed by an attempt at delivery.

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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.

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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. Last June, I made a trip from Osaka to San Francisco to film a video version of the PZ book.

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?

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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.

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.

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

Max Atkinson

If you want to assert how different you are from someone else, why on earth would you copy that person’s distinctive (for a British politician) style of delivery?

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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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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).

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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.

2011 81

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).

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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.

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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.

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