Teleprompter Practice and Tips
-The teleprompter operator follows the speaker’s pace not the other way around. It’s best to have a rehearsal with the teleprompter operator so that the speaker and the operator can get a feel for each other and practice the rhythm of the speech delivery. Rehearsal is a good time to make minor tweaks to the speech.
-If the speaker goes off speech, the teleprompter operator will not be able to guess where the speaker will pick up when coming back to the speech, therefore, the operator will likely stay on the same spot where the speaker left off.
-Sometimes speakers get nervous and start speaking faster which only makes the teleprompter operator go faster to keep up with the speaker and then it becomes a vicious cycle. A rehearsal is strongly advised especially if speaking from a teleprompter is not a normal occurrence for the speaker.