I’ve seen a lot of shows and programs where things that the hosts or speakers will say are written on a manila paper. I find it quiet unsettling since it keeps me thinking what they will do with all that stuff when they’re through. That is, until I saw someone making his speech on television and I thought: “What a good speaker! He seemed to have memorized his lines well”. Still questions arise on how he could have done so while, in fact, his speech is way too long. This is how I came across a teleprompter. And I really thought it was brilliant.
A teleprompter is a display device that prompts a person speaking with an electronic visual text of a speech or script. It’s like the usual paper-written texts but in an electronic way. It is also like using cue cards. The screen is in front of and usually below the lens of a video camera and the words on the screen are reflected to the presenter using a beam splitter. This enable a person to look directly into the camera and appear to have memorized his speech or script for he need not look down on his notes. The teleprompter is also much more efficient than a cue card due to the fact that it is usually in the center and it doesn’t make the speaker look distracted.
Little by little, the use of teleprompter is incorporated in show business and in current affairs programs and now it has become a worldwide trend. This accessible and essential electronic device changed the game in the scene.
Making use of a teleprompter is easy. With just enough practice, one can be trained well in doing so. It is important for one to know that he is in charge and that he holds the key to make things better. He must then make sure that he is comfortable and that he can deliver the lines well. To be able to do this, he must have good interaction with the teleprompter operator and make proper changes if necessary. Speak naturally, like having a conversation with your friends. This will make you more appealing to your audience. It is also important to choose the appropriate prompter size, so that you will not feel belittled or overwhelmed.
There are a lot of training courses that companies offered with regard to the use of a teleprompter. The American Movie Company, for example, offers a training for actors, political figures, executives and others who would like to be more confident and effective in front of a prompter. Training can take place at a location of your choice. One can call 212-219-1075 for more details.