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Eva Guevara, Executive Speech Coach and Teleprompter Operator

The more I pay attention to television and commercials, the more I notice the wide use of teleprompters.  Now, they aren’t super noticeable,  and given that I use this device almost everyday, I am more aware and know the and I know the tell tale signs.
Slight pauses in the speech.
Odd phrasing,
Odd emphases,
An extreme determined stare toward camera,
and then the big one TYPEWRITER EYES.
The last one is definitely noticeable, but it’s the others that may be over looked.  Just because you are reading, doesn’t mean you are performing.


This is a very important aspect for talent to understand when using a teleprompter.

An example of how to use it best is Jon Stewart.  He reads, but he also improvs and plays.  Yes, he is familiar with the text, since he and his team wrote it, but last minute changes are made, and jokes have to play.  I’m sure Jon and his teleprompter operator have a splendid rapportt, which is also a good thing.


Being familiar with your text is key.

You don’t need to have it memorized, but familiarization means you have an idea of what you are saying and how you want to say it.  That way when given direction, you can move and adjust, instead of being stuck in a read off the teleprompter.


Often, fresh talent gets stuck in a particular mode and can’t change, so I change the lines or word placement in the prompter, and then their brains are free to change as well.  While this is something I’m happy to do, it shouldn’t be the way it is.


The rapport you have with your operator is also important.  If you have a respectful relationship, and adhere to good manners, and use the words please and thank you, the operator will work harder for you.  It’s just natural, when you have respect, you give respect.  If you talk with your operator just a little bit, get to know them a little bit, then they get to know you.  They get to know your cadence, how you speak, the words you like to use and how you use them. All these things play into good teleprompter use.  If the operator knows that you are going to go off script at one point in time, or that you just like to improvise in general, he will be prepared and react accordingly.


The Daily Show’s teleprompter operators have to have this relationship, so that they are prepared for anything.   The vast majority of the audience forgets or never even notice that Jon is reading from a teleprompter.  He is that good.


Eva Guevara, Speech Coach at

Eva Guevara, Speech Coach

I see the use of the Teleprompter everywhere.

Commercials, Television Shows, Movie Ads, and even on the Web.

Teleprompters are  more and more present everywhere it seems. Why?

One reason has to do with new technologies.

Flat panel monitors have decreased the weight of the gear exponentially.  Now almost any fluid head tripod can take the weight of a prompter.  Before only podiums and the heaviest weight sticks could handle it.  Sizes also can now vary with the same technology.  Need something small for a DSLR?  No problem.  Something big for an Alexa?  Sure thing.

The best part of the new technology is that a standard middle size will work for almost every camera. The font can be large enough to not cause typewriter eyes, but can still be seen.  The camera can make movements, whereas before it was so bogged down by weight it could only stay static.

Don’t be like this guy, he obviously didn’t know what he was reading:

Teleprompters are popping up everywhere, and why? Because a teleprompter is one of the most useful tools in the industry!


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