5 Tips for Using a Teleprompter

Teleprompter (or, autocue as many like to call it) can be a gamechanger for your videos. 

In general, video presenters either try to memorize the content or refer to their notes every now and then; and, many even try to be spontaneous. However, by doing so, you can run into problems such as – 

·       Simply reciting memorised content can often seem very mechanical and rigid. 

·       Reading from notes or referring to your notes, can make you seem unprofessional.

·       Your content could also need more editing to cut out ad-lib sections that do not flow effectively. 

teleprompter is the sweet middle way in between. You don’t need to memorise the entire content while you don’t have to look down at your notes every now and then either. 

5 Tips for Using a Teleprompter 

If you are going to be using a teleprompter for the first time, it can surely be an intimidating task. Here are some problems that you could face while using a teleprompter for the first time – 

·       You are not able to clearly see the text on the screen. 

·       The speed of the teleprompter is either too fast or too slow for you. 

·       You forget to focus on your delivery and just focus on the words.

Here are 5 tips that you could follow to avoid such problems and become a teleprompter pro – 

1.     Practice, practice and practice 

You must practice your speech as many times as possible. The goal is not to memorise it but to be very familiar with its contents. You can only see a few lines at a time on a teleprompter and the experience is very different from reading it on a page. If possible, practice your speech at least once with the teleprompter as well. 

2.     Set the font size according to your comfort 

Before you begin shooting the video, ensure that the font size is appropriate for you. It should not be too big or too small, it should be just the right size for you to be able to read along. It will make it easier for you. 

3.     Teleprompter should follow your speed 

Talk to the teleprompter operator beforehand itself and do a few practice runs so that he knows your speed. The speed of the teleprompter should be calibrated to your speed and not the other way around. This will make it see more natural and spontaneous. 

4.     Avoid adding too many ‘instructions’ 

Often the teleprompter text contains several instructions such as ‘look towards the left when you say this’ or ‘call for this person now’ or more. This is not only distracting but if you are still new to using a teleprompter you could as well make the rookie mistake of reading it out loud. Hence, try to avoid putting in too many instructions and where it is essential to add one, make sure it is italicised. 

5.     Relax

Just relax and be natural. If you are stressed or focusing too much on getting every word right, you will give off a very rigid vibe. So, just take a deep breath and relax. 

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