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YOU are completely in control of the Teleprompter.
Though your teleprompter technician is physically making the words scroll, she is listening to YOU and constantly adjusting to YOUR pace. If you speed up… the scrolling speeds up. When you slow down… the scrolling slows down. And when you pause… the scrolling pauses. Look for an ARROW on the screen to help guide you if you lose your place.
YOU are completely in control of your script.
Make sure to write your presentation in your own voice. Contractions are not only acceptable but encouraged. Liberal use of punctuation is fine (we love it when we see ellipsis in speeches)! Writing PAUSES into your script in places where you will be starting a new thought will help you set your own personal pace. It is very important that you are comfortable and familiar with your script so that you can present “naturally”. Work with your teleprompter tech to fine-tune your presentation and configure it on the screen so you can make the most of the teleprompter tool.
Practice is Essential.
As the saying goes: Practice makes perfect. For a live event, it is a good idea to rehearse with the technician who will be prompting your show at least once so that he can get comfortable with your pacing. For a video or film shoot, ask how much of your body will be seen. If your hands are visible, practice using them as you read through your copy. Try to smile when you begin your presentation and do your best to smile at the end of it. Practice not just saying the words but presenting with your whole body.
Always commit.
When you are reading from a monitor, think of it as a person you are communicating with and keep your total focus on the monitor at all times. If you’re reading into a prompter attached to the camera, continue looking into the camera at the end of your speech until the Director calls “Cut.” When reading into a prompter off-camera in an interview or role-play scenario, pretend the prompter is someone’s head and always speak and react directly to it. If presenting for a live event, commit to one monitor (or piece of glass) with prompter text on it at a time. Change monitors or screens when you are changing to a new thought… not every single sentence (this is not a tennis match). Be sure to turn your head and body toward the new monitor and never just move your eyes from one monitor to the next.
Ad-Lib if Needed.
It IS possible to “Ad-lib” when using the prompter. If you know a specific point where you plan to tell an ‘off the cuff’ story, add the words “AD LIB” into your prompter text so your tech and the entire production crew will know they should be waiting for you. Your prompter will hold at your next line until you begin to say it.
There’s NO NEED to click your graphics
or worry about your other speech elements.
Once you have rehearsed and clearly noted where your graphics and videos are to be placed, they will be “cued” to your prompter remarks. Professionals will make the graphics and videos appear as called for by your script – all you have to do is present! As the Teleprompter is just one piece of the puzzle, if you make edits to your speech after your presentation has been rehearsed and cued it may affect other aspects of your presentation so always be careful that changes you make don’t affect your graphics or video (if they do, make sure you let your graphic operator and/or video person know about the change in placement of their cue).