Teleprompter Tricks That Will Make You Look Like a Pro
Wanna' be a viral Youtube sensation for all the wrong reasons? We didn't think so - the last thing you want to do is mentally trip while obviously sweating while you stumble in panic over your own words and turn your video or speech into a Vines memorabilia moment! We know you won't ignore the fundamentals -- like spending some precious time rehearsing your script ahead of time -- there are some pretty nifty autocue tricks that will prevent you from becoming a laughingstock on Facebook.
Here are some of our 4 top tips:
1. Use a much smaller monitor
This may seem counterintuitive, but hear us out. When you read off of a smaller monitor, your eyes don't have to cover as much area -- meaning they're not going to dart back and forth with that obvious "I'm reading!" look.
Don't have a smaller monitor? Just make your font bigger. It'll achieve the same effect!
2. Ensure that the words to be read are centered mid-screen
If you focus on reading the words when they hit the top of the screen, you're much more likely to run out of breath. Why? Because the words are about to disappear, and you'll unconsciously rush to say them all before you lose them!
It can be hard enough to read a speech in a crowded room or read a script for a live video. The last thing you need is to feel like you're falling behind the entire time!
3. Looking down is no sin
Just because your entire script has been loaded into the teleprompter doesn't mean that you have to stare at it the entire time you're talking. (In fact, doing so is a good way to make that awkward eye contact that everyone finds to be a bit creepy!) Feel free to look down for a second between points. It'll actually make you look a lot more natural!
4. Apple Store To The Rescue
If your video budget can't handle a state-of-the-art teleprompter and an operator to run it, don't panic. You can still take full advantage of teleprompter technology by installing an app on your tablet. Then, just place your tablet close enough so that you can read it clearly.
As an added benefit, you may be able to sync your smartphone to your tablet (for example, syncing your iPhone to your iPad) so that you can use it as a remote control. That way, you won't have to run back and forth to get your script to start and stop. After all, running around in front of a recording camera makes you even more vulnerable to going viral. Imagine what the internet would say if you tripped and fell on your face!