Half day Group Course
This is a specially-tailored half-day in-house course for anyone who may have to front an online video or webinar for their company or talk direct to camera.
We will provide a teleprompter facility so you can get realistic practical experience, and learn the best options available to help you achieve your video objectives.
top Ten Teleprompter Tips
1. Let your talent know that they are in control. The teleprompter operator's job is to keep pace with the speaker. That way the talent never needs to think about their pacing. They should relax, speak at the pace they normally would and the technician will keep up.
2. Speak up! If there is anything that they or you would like to change in the copy let the prompter operator know. They can edit the text right there on their laptop. Or, If you need the font size changed, or something phonetically spelled or abbreviated, or you feel like the scrolling is too fast or too slow, let the teleprompter technician know. The operator is there to help you!
3. Be Natural. Maintaining a natural conversational tone really helps the audience or viewer.
4. Know the material. The more familiar your talent is with your script, the more naturally they're going to come across. This will allow them to use the teleprompter as a safety net
instead of having to follow it word for word. This way the prompter gives support and allows the speaker to feel confident.
5. Have good energy! Granted there may be some subject matters that call for a more subdued tone, in general more energy is the best policy, especially when you one is delivering the script on camera. The camera really tones down the energy level, so it's usually best to be a little more upbeat and positive than may feel natural. Trust me, the camera loves it.
6. Read into the lens. When you're using a camera mounted prompter, you'll want your talent to maintain eye contact with the lens, which is just behind the glass. In order to help do this, the teleprompter operator will show what place they are putting their cue point to keep pace with the speaker. Generally this will be in the center of the glass, and not at the top. That way they can keep the eye-line directly in front of the lens.
7. Practice. If your talent has never worked with a prompter before try to arrange some rehearsal time with the prompter before the shoot. That way talent and operator will have the time to get in synch. They can experiment with different font sizes and colors, and format the text for the reading style that suits them best.
8. Choose the right prompter size. If you are going to stand close to the prompter ask the operator to either bring an appropriate sized prompter or to adjust the screen size smaller so that on camera so that your talent's eyes are not seen to be moving back and forth as in a tennis game.
9. Relax. Remember the prompter will make life easier not harder. It takes all the burden of memorization off your talent so they can concentrate on communicating your copy in the most effective way possible.
10. In Summary... Encourage your talent be confident and take time to breathe. If they ad lib or go off script, the prompter will be there when they come back. If they stop, it will wait. Have fun. and remember that this is so much easier than trying to remember a whole script. Think of all the time you're saving, and enjoy it!