Geraldine Ferraro's teleprompter wars

The Eloquent Woman

Geraldine Ferraro's details her battle with the teleprompter in preparing her acceptance speech. She started with a good goal, checking the venue: I wanted to scope out the arena, to test the height of the lectern (I’m 5 feet 4 inches tall and needed to be seen above it) and, of course, to practice with the teleprompter. As a third-term member of Congress from Queens, I had never had the need nor the opportunity to use a teleprompter.

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.

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.

Cameron's too good a speaker to be following Mrs Thatcher into the teleprompter trap

Max Atkinson

A couple of years ago, I posted some video clips showing how Margaret Thatcher's speech-making became less effective when she stopped using hard copy scripts and started reading speeches from teleprompter screens ( HERE ). A few months later, I realised that I'd been mistaken in thinking that David Cameron was having problems reading from screens - as it turned out that he wasn't using an Autocue or any other form of teleprompter at that time ( HERE ).

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. I wrote here about best practices for using a teleprompter.

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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. Was there a hard copy of the script on the lectern?

Reading a Speech

Manner of Speaking

If you can learn your material well enough to be able to speak without notes, it is the best scenario for several reasons: You will not be stuck behind a lectern. If you have to read your speech and there is no lectern, you will have to hold your notes. 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.

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Cameron's good timing

Max Atkinson

And notice that, unlike the Deputy Prime Minister at the Liberal Democrat spring conference last week, Mr Cameron spoke from a lectern and looked considerably more statesmanlike than Nick Clegg did as he walked around the platform pretending not to be using a script while reading from teleprompters ( HERE The UN resolution on Libya, in which the part played by David Cameron in pushing it through has been getting a good press (so far), happened at a rather convenient time for him.

More lessons from Vince Cable's speech

Max Atkinson

The second is that, when using a teleprompter, the eyes stay looking up in the air, implying that the speaker is going to carry on - and can create ambiguity in the minds of the audience as to whether or not he's finished. As can be seen in the videos posted HERE , this was quite a problem for Mrs Thatcher when she abandoned hard copy on a lectern in favour of reading from an Autocue (after which, her applause rate fell significantly).

Delayed applause, poor speechwriting & delivery strike again in George Osborne's speech

Max Atkinson

Delivery and teleprompter troubles You may also have noticed that two indicators that he'd come to the end of the sentence were missing. Add to that the fact that his eyes remained gazing up into the air rather than returning downwards to look at the script on the lectern (c.f. More on teleprompters/Autocue: Why doesn't anyone warn politicians about becoming autocue automatons?

George Takei's bold TEDxKyoto Talk

Presentation Zen

There was no lectern, no notes, no teleprompter. George Takei knows how to tell a great story. In this case, a true story of his life. The famed Star Trek actor, activist, and social media star was in town recently to give a remarkable talk as part of a very special TEDxKyoto event.

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Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

Seriously, it looks like something a bear would use at an AA meeting.&# (8:20) [ NB - In fact, a podium is the platform on which you stand; a lectern is the furniture on which you place your notes. ]. 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.

Cameron's speech: who thinks he should be seen pretending not to use a script?

Max Atkinson

Three ''scriptless'' leaders Because this year, we saw Ed Miliband repeating the feat of memory that worked so well for him last year, while Nick Clegg and David Cameron relied on huge teleprompter screens that were hidden towards the back of the audence - as did George Osborne , Jeremy Hunt and no doubt a few others. Margaret Thatcher had more teleprompter troubles than Obama 0% of viewers remember all the points in a BBC PowerPoint-style news presentation

Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

Seriously, it looks like something a bear would use at an AA meeting.&# (8:20) [ NB - In fact, a podium is the platform on which you stand; a lectern is the furniture on which you place your notes. ]. 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.

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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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.

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).

making shifts as a speaker

The Eloquent Woman

He is ill-suited to lecterns, which often dwarf his small stature, and he tends to sound as if he is reading his lines , not speaking them. That's a great plan, but may not be practical--so McCain's rehearsing with teleprompters.

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

Max Atkinson

And why would you do it when even Cameron has increasingly given it up in favour of looking more ‘statesmanlike’ at a lectern?

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Political Candidate Media and Public Speaking Training

TJ Walker Interactive

How to to Use a Teleprompter. How to Use a Lectern or Podium When Giving a Speech. 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. Here is all the info (or you can click here). Political Candidate Media and Public Speaking Training.

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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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Five Ways to Speak Like Obama | BNET

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

Practice calmly walking up to the lectern or the front of the room. 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. Use a Teleprompter. Brush up on your teleprompter reading skills.

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Will Obama's speech tomorrow match up to Reagan's Westminster masterpiece in 1982?

Max Atkinson

Margaret Thatcher falls for the teleprompter (Autocue) This was apparently the first time that Mrs Thatcher had seen a politician using a teleprompter (still referred to in those days as the 'sincerity machine') and she was impressed enough by what she saw to have a go herself at the Conservative party conference later that year.

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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? ConVincing Cable • 'Mature, grown-up and statesmanlike' at the lectern SEPTEMBER 2008 • Cameron takes to the lectern in a crisis • Objects as visual aids • Powerpoint comes to church • Mediated speeches -- whom do we really want to hear?

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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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