5 Teleprompter Tips

Matt Eventoff

The teleprompter has gotten quite a bit of recent attention. After witnessing many faux pas over the past few days, here are five quick tips to make the teleprompter experience a bit more rewarding: 1) Always bring a physical copy of the text with you. There is nothing worse than discovering that the text you had thought was loaded into the teleprompter was not loaded, or was loaded incorrectly. Break your visual contact, even for a second or two.

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.

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6 tips for using teleprompters

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Should you use a teleprompter?    I had a question from an old friend and reader of the blog about the uses and abuses of teleprompters.   Teleprompters make weak presenters better – bringing them up to average.   A teleprompter provides you with two little transparent screens, one left, one right, and an operator scrolling the text on the screens at your speaking pace.   To look good using a teleprompter, mix it up a little.

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Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Not-So-Good Point: No Eye Contact. Eye contact is essential for any kind of ‘trust me’ message, whether it’s in person, on the stage, or on camera. On-camera teleprompters are simple and affordable, allowing you to look down the lens in convincing newsreader fashion. I was pretty shocked by the Dominos YouTube incident. Not because I didn’t think this sort of thing went on in fast food outlets.

Presentation Barriers: Physical

Professionally Speaking...

TELEPROMPTER. Teleprompters act as a barrier because they focus the speaker's attention somewhere other than on the audience and force him to remain stationary. The speaker must keep pace with the scrolling text and that makes eye contact with the audience challenging and likely fleeting. As well, placement of the teleprompter screens may mean that the speaker is positioned farther away from the audience than she would be otherwise.

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Presentation Lessons from the Tonys

Professionally Speaking...

The award presenters had limited ability to be creative or engaging as their job was to read the words on the teleprompter accurately and in as little time as possible. make eye contact with the audience. even if you're reading from a script or teleprompter, put expression in your voice -- sound like they're your words, not someone else's. make eye contact.

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Reading a Speech

Manner of Speaking

You will be able to maintain eye contact with the audience. 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. Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers.

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Presentation Skills for Executives

Professionally Speaking...

Assess how you show up by videotaping your presentations and analyzing tone of voice, demeanor , eye contact, body language and authenticity. Keep eye contact front and center on your to-do list. And for pete's sake, if you are using a TelePrompter, PLEASE get some professional training/coaching on how to do it effectively. Good presentation skills are good presentation skills, no matter what position or title you hold.right? Well, yes.and no.

How to stop waffling once and for all

Speaking about Presenting

Don’t take your eyes off the audience. Keep an eye on the audience”. And when we’re threatened our instinct is to keep an eye on the threat. Because that’s what it takes to stop waffling – taking your eye off the audience so that you can look at your notes. But politicians have teleprompters and paid professional speakers deliver the same presentation over and over again. 8 presentation tips to make your eye contact more powerful.

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Top 3 Ways Presenters Can Make Sex Boring

More than PowerPoint...

Divorce yourself from your emotions, and read stoically from a teleprompter. Do not make eye contact with the audience. Let’s imagine that you’re asked to give a presentation about sex. Really! Your audience of adult coworkers are eagerly anticipating the fascinating insights you’re going to share with them in your one-hour presentation. I’m seriously asking you to imagine this. Go ahead. Giggle, blush, scoff — but ask yourself: How might you prepare?

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Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

Even though he read from his notes and the two teleprompters, he still made great eye contact with the audience. On 12 June 2011, Conan O’Brien delivered the commencement address to the 2011 graduating class of Dartmouth College. In cold, windy weather and before a huge crowd, he took the stage and, for 24 minutes, wowed his audience. Conan’s onslaught of jokes, one-liners and funny anecdotes elicited a steady stream of laughter and applause.

I was wrong about Cameron looking at screens

Max Atkinson

A few days ago, I was recommending that David Cameron ought to do something to improve the way he uses the autocue/teleprompter, and stop looking at one screen for too long before looking towards the other one. If you watch the clip below, you'll not only see his eyes looking down at the lectern, but, when the camera pulls back to show us a wider angle, you won't see any sign at all of any autocue screens on poles (that are normally all too clearly visible).

Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

Even though he read from his notes and the two teleprompters, he still made great eye contact with the audience. On 12 June 2011, Conan O’Brien delivered the commencement address to the 2011 graduating class of Dartmouth College. In cold, windy weather, he took the stage and wowed a crowd of thousands 24 minutes. Conan’s jokes, one-liners and funny anecdotes elicited a steady stream of laughter and applause.

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. Reading from a script can sometimes (though by no means always) result in an unacceptable loss of eye contact and rapport with your audience.

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Political Candidate Media and Public Speaking Training

TJ Walker Interactive

How to Make Eye Contact with Your Audience. How to to Use a Teleprompter. How to Use Your Eyes During a TV Interview. Keep Your Eyes on Your Message Points. I have a new online training course posted on Udemy that is specifically for political candidates. It’s going to be offered for no charge for another few days. Please take a look if you or anyone you know is running for office or thinking of running for office.

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Five Ways to Speak Like Obama | BNET

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

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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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? A prime minister who openly refused to answer an interviewer’s questions • UK Speechwriters' Guild • Gordon Brown's interview technique: the tip of a tedious iceberg • Eye contact, public speaking and the case of President Zuma • Chicago!

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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? This is a list of everything posted since the blog started in September 2008. It's updated at the end of each month, and you can access direct links to each post by clicking HERE or from the monthly lists on the left.

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