A teleprompter is a great presentation tool.
Using a teleprompter can help a great deal in aiding you to make no lapses in your lines and be more confident in your presentation when the camera rolls in.
To help you make the most of the BIGVU Teleprompter, here are some tips you can consider to improve the quality of your video production.
Eye contact is critical for engaging your viewers, conveying confidence, and showing authenticity. Here are 3 crucial tips (by order) to maintain perfect eye contact while using a teleprompter.
1. Text size
In general, the key to eye contact is keeping the text as close to the camera as possible. One important step is to keep the text (font size) as small as possible while still being readable. Click the following hyperlinks to learn how to adjust font size with the BIGVU teleprompter on the Web, Android, and iOS.
2. Which line to read
Always read the top lines, as they are closest to the camera.
One of the worst things you can do is read the bottom line as it comes into view. This takes your eyes far away from the camera!
In order to make sure you are not tempted to read the bottom lines, the next tip is crucial.
3. Teleprompter scroll speed
Find your cadence - play with the teleprompter speed until you are comfortable reading the top line at a normal speaking rate.
Click here to learn how to adjust the teleprompter's speed with the BIGVU teleprompter on the Web, Android, and iOS.
Reading from a teleprompter could force us into “serious reading” mode.
For many people, it helps to smile before starting the recording (during the countdown). It makes your face more relaxed, and smiling is always better for the camera.
Remember, the goal of all the tips is to keep eye contact, and convey authenticity. In other words, to get all the benefits of the teleprompter, without falling into common mistakes. Usually, that takes a little practice.
The secret to a great video presentation is practice. Before recording your video, it is important to rehearse and to master your script. You should be able to know how to pronounce certain words, when to speed up and when to pause when following the script.
You shouldn't expect your first video with a teleprompter to be perfect, but don't give up!
Follow the tips, and you will soon get there.
Good luck video maker!