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.

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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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.

Your First Speech, Kate Middleton, President Obama, and the Teleprompter

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  As I was watching her, I was thinking about teleprompters.    Teleprompters make weak, nervous speakers look better.    Now, he’s gives a speech or two a day, with very little prep, and he’s reliant on the teleprompter.    Let’s be clear:  there’s no shame in using a teleprompter.    Teleprompters are now less than $200 for the portable kind. 

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.

iPad app Prompster is all-in-one speechwriter, recorder & teleprompter

The Eloquent Woman

Teleprompters were once the province of conventions and television studios. I've told you about open-source software that will put a teleprompter on your desktop or laptop. Now, iPad owners can take the teleprompter with them with new app Prompster , demonstrated in the video at the end of this post. Tags: teleprompter

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.

Top Tips for Using a Teleprompter or Autocue

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The autocue or teleprompter can be a helpful tool for speakers and presenters. Using Teleprompter/ Autocue To Camera. “There are many arguments about whether or not “non professionals” should use teleprompter. In some instances where legal or financial statements have to be 100% accurate to avoid potential confusion or unwanted repercussions, teleprompter is a vital way of guaranteeing this accuracy. To see more pictures go to Teleprompter photos.

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

If you have to use an auto cue or teleprompter

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If you happen to have an iPad there is a great auto cue app called teleprompt that turns your device into an auto cue. If you have to use an auto cue or teleprompter is a post from: Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing. The other day I went into the studio to record some short video clips for my website. As part of the process I wrote three scripts and emailed them to the videographer so that they were loaded onto an auto-cue ready for the shoot.

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David Miliband trips up on the teleprompter

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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.

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 ).

New iPad app useful for speakers

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Former Texas GOP Head: ‘Marxist’ Obama Needs Teleprompter ‘Because He Fried His Brain On Drugs’

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Presentation Barriers: Physical

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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. As well, placement of the teleprompter screens may mean that the speaker is positioned farther away from the audience than she would be otherwise. I wrote here about best practices for using a teleprompter. Barriers are helpful between skin and sun or between deer and freshly planted flowers.

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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.

Surely it's time someone coached Cameron to use a teleprompter

Max Atkinson

At the risk of being accused of blogging about the same point too much, I was astonished to see a clip on the BBC TV's 10 o'clock News tonight of David Cameron speaking at the Tory Party conference in which he showed, yet again, that he's ignored the advice I gave him a year ago about spending far too much time looking at one of the autocue screens without looking in the other direction.

THOUGHTS ON A CONFERENCE

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Teleprompters were used for the general sessions, with video screens placed around the hall so everyone could see. It was clear that several of the presenters did not have much experience with the teleprompter. Plea to speakers using teleprompter: please, please rehearse, with teleprompter, more than 10 minutes before your speech. Tags: Commentary conference presentations teleprompter Tweetchat Twitter Washington Convention Center

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How to prepare a televised speech, Part (2): script, statistics & teleprompter timing

Max Atkinson

Last week, I posted a couple of video clips to mark the 30th anniversary of the BBC comedy series Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister ( HERE & HERE ). This is the second in the series of three on how Jim Hacker was coached to make a televised speech

Telepromptitude with a free tool: CuePrompter

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CuePrompter is an online teleprompter--which means you just need to get to the website on your computer or mobile device to use this new tool. teleprompter online resources we likeAll you need to do is cut and paste your script into the window right on the home page, and click on a button to start. You can adjust speed; scroll forward, stop or reverse; and take advantage of two screen sizes and two font sizes.

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Do you use the Kindle for speaking? Do it now with a gift-card bonus

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The photo in this post shows yet another use: Mounting the largest format Kindle DX as a teleprompter. teleprompter Amazon KindleEver since I realized you could use a Kindle to hold your text or notes for a speaking gig --and avoid shuffling note cards or paper--I've really tapped this device's possibilities. Kindles also let you bring along multiple speech texts, listen to your remarks read out loud and store research and reference books.

Michelle Obama 1, teleprompter 0

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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.

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Note that unlike Obama and his teleprompter, Brown keeps it old-school with lots of note shuffling and downward glances. Tags: Presentations barack obama Carla Sarkozy d-day gordon brown Jon Bon Jovi Matthew McConaughey Omaha Beach teleprompter u571 World War II The British have long been annoyed by American films that adapt stories of British heroism to widen their box office appeal.

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On-camera teleprompters are simple and affordable, allowing you to look down the lens in convincing newsreader fashion. Tags: Presentations Technique Technology deep fried turkey Dominos YouTube eye contact flammable turkey alert hillbillies North Carolina Patrick Doyle PR disaster management teleprompter 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.

Sweating the details - Why Speechwriters Need to Pay Attention to Logistics

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The teleprompter had the wrong speech loaded. The speechwriter did not double-check with the teleprompter operator beforehand. Murphy’s Law When Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowan spoke at the White House on St. Patrick’s Day 2009, he started reading President Obama’s remarks. Someone screwed up. Fact was following fiction. One episode on the first season of The West Wing [.].

practice with the candidates: video tool

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This strikes me as a useful training tool: If you liked a particular look, gesture, type of emphasis, or rhetoric--or the combination of all those factors--during a speech, you can replay it and try it out for yourself, with the script running teleprompter-like in front of you. Tags: women and public speaking convention speeches teleprompter speaker training women in politics Sarah Palin Hillary Clinton speech preparation Michelle Obama

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Technology is a luxury, not a necessity

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In short, the teleprompter stopped working, he got flustered, and took off. If your computer dies or isn''t compatible with the projector, if the projector bulb burns out, if your teleprompter croaks, your presentation still must continue. You must show up, be present, be prepared and be willing to face the audience without your slides, without your teleprompter, and without the crutch of monitors and screens.

It’s about the audience

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Don’t use your slides as a teleprompter for you. You’re always presenting for your audience. Your presentation shouldn’t be about you. What type of presentation will give your audience the most value? Ask yourself… What do they need and want? Your content needs to be relevant to the needs and wants of your audience. Sometimes that’s hard to know but if you can survey them in advance or do some research, you’ll be more on track.

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How to convince executives that presenters need presentation skills training

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But executives at their organization are comfortable with the old way of using the slide as a teleprompter, even though the audience hates it! 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.

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

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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.

Why memorizing your high-stakes speech frees you: Sen. Amy Klobuchar

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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. and I go, “Well, no, there’s you know, there’s teleprompters” And he said, “Don’t trust a teleprompter.“ Patrick Leahy’s speaking, the teleprompter goes dark. And after the teleprompter went dead, I’m like… Axelrod: So did you use it?

How virtual presentations can help your live presentations

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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.

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How your smartphone can help you become a better presenter

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a) Teleprompter apps for Android and iOS. It used to be the case that only television presenters and politicians could make use of Teleprompter technology to help them keep on track without having to memorise their speeches. Nowadays there are a wealth of Teleprompter and Autocue apps available for Android and iOS devices. Promptsmart differs from all the other teleprompter apps I have tried so far because it includes ability to set a specific words per minute reading speed.

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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. 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. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it.

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Verbal communication is the MOST important candidate skill

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Students see professors using PowerPoint as a teleprompter with little engagement except for answering questions. I want to shout this from the rooftops! The National Association of Colleges and Employers does a survey of employers each year, asking the most important skills they want from new candidates. They make this information available to colleges so colleges can teach those skills.

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