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“Prompts for the TelePrompTer”

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With both Republican and Democrat presidential conventions this month, TelePrompTer operators in Cleveland and Philadelphia are in high demand. We will make note of which speakers perform bObserver_Julyetter than others from the lectern.
One thing is clear – politicians rehearse more in front of the prompter than most business or association executives.
For less experienced users, here are some tips:
  • If you can’t write your own speech or script, make the time to edit the text to increase your comfort with content and pacing.
  • Within limits of the prompter, place words in a way easiest to read. For example, try not to put a prepositional phrase on 2 lines. Decide if you want to read from all capital letters or standard upper and lower case.
  • Insert speech markups such as // (or write the word “pause”) to remind you when to pause.
  • Whether it’s a “Presidential” style or floor monitors, don’t swing your head back and forth like you’re watching tennis. Vary the time looking at each screen.
  • Don’t worry about the ad lib – or going off script. Operators are very good at picking up when you get back to the text.
  • If possible, practice in the room you will be speaking in to get a sense of audience seating and room lighting.
With proper preparation and practice, the TelePrompTer is almost always better than the written text on the podium.
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