New Tip Sheet Conquers Mysteries to Taming the Teleprompter

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Whether you’re a public speaking veteran or you’re facing your first speech using a Teleprompter, Ed Barks offers some pointers in his latest tip sheet, “Taming the Teleprompter.”

“Some people think it’s easy to just read a speech, even from a Teleprompter,” said Barks, the President of Barks Communications. “The fact is reading a speech is one of the most difficult presentation formats to master.

“We’ve all seen the politician who looks robotic, swiveling his head in an oh-so predictable pattern from screen to screen. It’s really challenging to read from a Teleprompter and appear natural. My hope is that ‘Taming the Teleprompter’ will make for smoother speeches by executives and other experts who make the decision to use this technology,” he added.

In his new resource, Barks advises Teleprompter users first and foremost to gain a comfort level by practicing diligently. His other recommendations include:

  • Be aware that you will be reading from one or more screens that appear transparent to your audience.
  • Rehearse with the operator who will run the Teleprompter during your speech.
  • Don’t stress if you miss a few words. Your audience will never know.
  • Have a hard copy of your remarks ready as a backup, in the event of Teleprompter breakdown.

“Taming the Teleprompter” is available on Barks Communications’ newly re-launched web site at

Ed Barks zeroes in on the messages and skills that executives need on a daily basis. They gain sharper verbal and nonverbal talents, more confidence, added opportunities for career advancement, and realization of long-term business goals. The former radio broadcaster is the author of The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations, and community organizer at The Media Training Blog. As President of Barks Communications since 1997, he has taught more than 4600 business leaders, association executives, and other experts how to succeed when they deal with the media, deliver presentations, and testify before government officials.