Taming the Teleprompter

Whether you’re a public speaking veteran or you’re facing your first speech using a Teleprompter, you can likely gain some useful pointers in the new tip sheet, “Taming the Teleprompter.”

Some people think it’s easy to just read a speech, even from a Teleprompter. The fact is reading a speech is one of the most difficult presentation formats to master.

teleprompterWe’ve all seen the politician who looks robotic, swiveling his head in an oh-so predictable pattern from screen to screen. It’s really challenging to read from a Teleprompter and appear natural. My hope is that “Taming the Teleprompter” will make for smoother speeches by executives and other experts who make the decision to use this technology.

First and foremost, gain a comfort level by practicing diligently. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the other recommendations:

  • Be aware that you will be reading from one or more screens that appear transparent to your audience.
  • Rehearse with the operator who will run the Teleprompter during your speech.
  • Don’t stress if you miss a few words. Your audience will never know.
  • Have a hard copy of your remarks ready as a backup, in the event of Teleprompter breakdown.

“Taming the Teleprompter” is available on Barks Communications’ newly re-launched web site at www.barkscomm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Barks-tip-sheet-teleprompter.pdf.


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