When to Use a Teleprompter to Deliver Your Presentation
Most of what we teach about public speaking in the Dale Carnegie Course involves being natural and engaging in front of the audience. Typically, this means not memorizing a speech and not reading it from a teleprompter. It means delivering a presentation from your heart and staying connected to your audience. If you want to be an engaging speaker, you’ll need to be free to read the audience’s body language. That way, you’ll know if you are communicating with them or if you are putting them to sleep. Armed with that knowledge, you can make the necessary adjustments in your presentation delivery.
We also emphasize this speaking style in the High Impact Presentations program. However, on rare occasions you will need to deliver a more presidential presentation. You may find yourself behind a lectern or at a table staring down the lens of a video camera. In those instances, you’ll end up awkwardly shuffling papers or cards during page transitions as you read your presentation.
An Affordable Alternative to a Full Teleprompter
While we address using paper and note cards in the High Impact Presentations program, here is an affordable technical alternative that will give you more flexibility. It’s especially useful if you are delivering a presentation in front of a webcam for Youtube upload. Called cueprompter.com, it turns your wireless notebook or tablet PC into a teleprompter! Yes, that same piece of expensive equipment that presidents, politicians, and news anchors use to appear natural when they need to read their material.
There are limitations with this online version, of course. For example, it has a maximum character limit of 10,000 characters (this entry has 2185 characters). And you need to be connected to the Internet to make it work because it’s all through your browser. But the price is right. And it does give you a chance to read a presentation without the hassles of shuffling or squinting at paper.
If you plan on taking the High Impact Presentation program in your area, consider using this tool in the “speech reading” assignment.
But this tool still has value even if you don’t envision yourself ever speaking to a group of people.
You can use use it to increase your reading speed from a laptop screen. Definitely a handy skill to develop in this age.
Check out Cueprompter, the online teleprompter, here.