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How to use a Teleprompter: Tips and Tricks
How to use a Teleprompter: Tips and Tricks

Tips and tricks for using a teleprompter while keeping eye contact with the camera and nailing the first take.

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Written by Sarah Stanfield
Updated over a week ago

Ever wonder how speakers like news anchors or presidents can rattle off long speeches without missing a beat? They read it off a teleprompter.

A teleprompter is a device that shows you your script as it scrolls on the screen, Using a teleprompter can help you ensure not miss any lines or parts of your script and give you the confidence to speak in public. Thanks to BIGVU, you too can now use a teleprompter to read and record a video on your phone or computer.

Follow these tips to read like from a Teleprompter like a pro:

Eye contact is critical for engaging your viewers, conveying confidence, and showing authenticity. Here are 3 crucial tips (in order) to maintain perfect eye contact while using a teleprompter:

1. Text Size: How large should the text be?

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. How do I read from a teleprompter?

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. What is the correct teleprompter speed?

Find your cadence - play with the teleprompter speed until you are comfortable reading the top line at a normal speaking rate.

Click the following hyperlinks to learn how to adjust the teleprompter's speed with the BIGVU teleprompter on the Web, Android, and iOS.

The secret to a great video presentation is practice. Before recording your video, it is important to rehearse and 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. This will help you avoid stumbling during the teleprompter reading.

You shouldn't expect your first video with a teleprompter to be perfect, but don't give up!

🎙️ BIGVU has a tool called Read-Only that can help you practice reading the script in the teleprompter before the camera rolls in!

Reading from a teleprompter could force us into “serious reading” mode. The best thing to do before recording is to warm up your vocal cords and take a moment to relax. Deep breathing exercises and vocal warm-up techniques can help you speak more clearly and confidently.

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.

Follow the tips, and you will soon get there. Good luck video maker! 💪

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