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Use a TelePrompTer Like a Network News Anchor

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If it hasn't happened to you already, it's going to happen soon. I'm seeing it everywhere in the workplace. And that is the rise of the use of teleprompter there teleprompter apps you can have on your cell phone on your iPad. And there may be times when this is effective. For those of you who don't know what it is you type in your script, and then it scrolls across and you can look at it. You can have it through the lens teleprompter, you can have one that's right next to the camera when you're seeing a state of the union address.

In most countries, the President or the Prime Minister is using one newscasters use them. So it allows someone to read while looking up at people or the camera. So sounds great. Why wouldn't you use this all the time? sounds wonderful. You don't have to remember what to say you don't have to look at note.

Why wouldn't everyone use a teleprompter? saves a lot of time, right? It's not that simple, folks. My recommendation is you should not use a teleprompter. Most of the time in most situations. If you are a president of a country or a prime minister or a finance minister, and any single word out of your mouth is analyzed slice dice people are looking at it could cause scandal economic turmoil.

There is a good reason to use a teleprompter. But let's face it, for most of us in most businesses, even CEOs of big companies, the biggest danger in life is not that we have one word taken out of context and something gets the biggest problem is nobody remembers anything we say. So let's focus on the real challenge. So my recommendation from a pure body language standpoint, don't use a teleprompter because it's a lot harder to do. You're trying to do something you don't normally do when you're reading your whole life. You're used to reading like this.

You've got a cell phone and iPad. hear a newspaper or a book, you're not used to reading with a whole lot of people staring at you reading text, it's five or 10 or 20 feet away. It's a very unnatural thing. What happens when people feel unnatural? All of a sudden they feel like this and I am now reading my teleprompter and Wow, this is great because I do not have to memorize it. How awful that is.

Okay, so I've done my due diligence, my proper procedure, there my boilerplate. Now, let me tell you what you need to know if you're going to actually use the teleprompter from a body language standpoint. It all comes down to five tips. Tip number one, you need to vary your speed sometimes faster, sometimes slower when you're speaking. Most people they get on the teleprompter and they speak at the same speed and it Sounds like a robot. So you have to vary the speed, sometimes faster, sometimes slower.

Next big tip, sometimes louder, sometimes softer, because that's how people talk in real life when they are engaged and having an interesting conversation. Most people when they are reading a teleprompter, everything comes out the same volume. And that's why they sound robotic. And the audience feels empowered to ignore them and start checking their email. So that's the second big thing. You've got to change the volume.

There's got to be variation there. Next thing you've got to do is you got to move your body. Even though you're using the teleprompter, your hands have to move. Your body has to move, especially your head because most people get that headlock. And when nothing's moving, but your eyes they become very, very noticeable. And everyone's like, Ooh, look, I'm using the teleprompter.

If you're moving your head and your hands In your body, the eye movement is a part of many, many movements and it's not detectable most of the time. So that's the third big tip is you need to move your body. The fourth big tip, you got to pause from time to time, real human beings in real conversation. When they're finishing a thought. They'll stop. They're finishing one idea to transition to another.

They'll stop, maybe walk. You don't need five minute pauses or even five second pauses, but a couple of seconds here and there. That will make you sound real conversational, and not canned and not like you're eating. Again for most people who are not professional news anchors. They never stop they go from the next sentence to the next sentence. Why is that is because they're following the speed of the teleprompter.

You're not there to follow the teleprompter, the teleprompter is there to follow you. So that's the problem with all these nice, cheap, inexpensive and free apps, you pick one speed and it forces you to go the same speed. That's yet another reason not to you do not use a teleprompter. If you can't vary the speed either someone else doing it for you, or you adjusting it with your hand or a phone or they're even foot pedal fit pump foot pedals. The fifth thing you really need to do if you want to use a teleprompter effectively, is it takes even more rehearsal time than a regular speech with notes because it is harder, you're going to trip up. It's very easy to trip on a word and then you think, Oh, darn, I tripped on a word.

And you don't want to go back and you can't do it. So it's even more important than ever to rehearse and rehearse on Video, and to not give the teleprompter speech in real life until you've seen a version of yourself doing it on video that you like. And that's how you use good body language for a teleprompter. Okay, by the way, did you see about 30 seconds ago I really stumbled on a word. I'm trying to practice what I preach here with you. And that is if you make a mistake, don't act in horror, don't act, appall don't get all flushed and blush and all that.

Just correct yourself and keep going. It's by the way, I'm doing this course. Live to tape. I'm not doing 1020 texts because when you're in the real word, work world and you're speaking in a meeting, you don't get to do 20 ticks. So I want to show you this, warts and all. I am creating this course for you.

It's not live in the sense that people are watching the This second one, I'm doing it once recording it. My editing consists of turning on and turning off with remote control. And I need you to get to the point where you're just as comfortable with that thought process when you're speaking because that's part of what makes people scared about speaking in the workplace talking to people is you can't sit there and type and edit and refine and put fancy graphics on top and fancy music on top. to redo something. You got to just put it out there and get it the best you can the first time

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