Five Tips for Using a Teleprompte
Five Tips for Using a Teleprompter
the fear of public speaking, is one of the most common fears in America which is why so many people rely on teleprompters to help make the task a bit easier. A teleprompter can certainly make a speaker’s job easier, but it’s far from a silver bullet. Whether you’re presenting to a video camera, a small corporate board meeting, or a stadium filled with thousands of spectators, following these five tips will help a teleprompter make your presentation more effective, clearer, and more dynamic.
- Know your material. No matter how long your presentation may be, it’s important to know it inside and out. You don’t need to have it memorized word for word, in fact, it’s better if you don’t, but you should have the key points memorized. That Murphy fellow was on to something; Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Your teleprompter could get broken or misplaced before your presentation. Your power cords might not be long enough, or even worse, there may not be outlets available. Or your software could crash. We’ve all seen teleprompter issues during Presidential speeches; if it can happen to them with the absolute top of the line equipment, plenty of back up gear, and a staff the size of a small company to manage it all, you can bet it could happen to you.
- Bring a hard copy of your bullet points. Why? Refer to item #1.
- Practice, practice, practice. It’s important to know your material, but you also need to be able to deliver it effectively. Listen to people like Tony Robbins speak; he presents the same material over and over, almost verbatim with the same intonation and pattern every single time. That can only be achieved that through consistent practice.
- Don’t stare. When you talk to a person, or even a group of people, you often shift your focus and move your head around, but when most people use a teleprompter they stare directly into it, never shifting their gaze, much like an obsessed stalker. Don’t do that. Act as if you are speaking to a person—by the way, that’s a lot easier when you know your material.
- Don’t just read your material, present it. Parroting your lines verbatim in a monotone voice will do nothing but put your audience to sleep. Whether you’re giving a motivational speech or presenting dry technical data, put some contextual emotion into it. For example, a CEO talking about their company’s fourth quarter plans should act excited and smile a lot, but an oncologist talking about cancer patients experiences should express empathy and hope. The key is to act like a human, not a robot.
A teleprompter is a great way to improve your presentation skills, especially when combined with the five steps we’ve outlined. And you can have your own professional grade teleprompter for a modest investment. If you’re interested in finding out which model would be best for your needs, feel free to call our office at (888) 239-7139 and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help you select the model that fits your needs and budget.