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How To Use A Teleprompter: 10 Tips

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Uploaded on Feb 24, 2011

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These are my top 10 tips on how to improve your performance while using a teleprompter.

1. Script Writing- Keep in mind your message will be spoken out loud not read. Make sure to write your script so that it sounds natural when being read out loud. Use phrases like "I've" and not "I have"..... "you're" and not "you are." The script needs to be more conversational to connect right. When typing out your script I've found it easier to read when both Uppercase and Lowercase letters are used. Also, for any numbers that are in the script go ahead and spell them out like..... "twenty thousand" vs. "20,000."

2. Tons of Practice!!!- It's real easy to think just because you're reading from a teleprompter that the message will be great automatically. I can tell you from experience that the more the presenter reads the script out loud the better it comes across. The more they read it the more meaning they are able to pour into the words.

3. Energy and Passion- Speaking on camera tends to squash your energy level so don't be afraid to show some passion. Your audience will enjoy watching you if they can see some enthusiasm coming from you. If you don't seem interested in what you're saying then why should they pay attention?

4. Smile- Smiling is one of the best ways to subtly connect with your audience. At the very least, starting and ending the presentation with a warm smile is a good idea. There are times of course when it may be inappropriate to smile but generally you can smile throughout the message no matter the subject matter.

5. Maintain Eye Contact- The main purpose for using a teleprompter is to deliver a well thought out, engaging message. If you're not going to keep eye contact with the camera then you're simply not using the teleprompter to it's full advantage. Aside from that... if you look off to the side it begs the question "What are they looking at?"

6. Use Body Language- There is pretty much nothing more distracting than a presenter that has the "deer-in headlights" look going on. No one wants to watch that unless they're making fun of it. To avoid that use gestures and facial expressions to help drive home the point and remind your audience that you're passionate about your message.

7. Don't Shout- Beating your audience up with loud volume is annoying. Instead, talk as if you're speaking to one person. Even if the video will be viewed by half the planet your intention should be to connect on an individual basis.

8. Don't Follow The Teleprompter- The teleprompter operator is trained to follow your lead. Since you've read the script many, many times you should be familiar with the correct pacing.... don't ruin it by chasing your own tail! Even if you need to improvise some, that's fine, the script will be there as soon as you need to pick it back up.

9. Don't Freak Out!- Easier said then done right? A lot of people tend to get freaked out when they're in front of a camera or when they have lights pointed at them. Try to relax and keep in mind that your message is more then likely going to be edited to make you look like a pro anyway. You don't have to get the entire message in one take 99% of the time the editor can cut to a graphic, b-roll, or a different angle and your audience will be none the wiser! This brings us to the final point...

10. Enjoy Yourself- Life is too short to fret about something as little as a video camera!

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