So here’s one of the most unsexy topics ever…how to practice with a teleprompter. 

The thing is, most people struggle with this no matter how much they practice, so having a WAY to practice could make a huge difference in their results.

But is there a better way? Oh, yes. And as you might expect, a pretty counter-intuitive one if you want to look and sound natural. This will also cut down your practice time. 

After all, what’s the benefit in repetition if all it does is reinforce sub-optimal outcomes? 

Plus… meet my new non-profit organization that quite coincidentally sprang to life JUST as this video was being shot. 🙂


    15 replies to "How to Practice for a Natural Teleprompter Presentation"

    • Mia Sherwood Landau

      Ha! Drone-talking… I call it Robot Voice. As soon as I hear it on any video I instantly click away. Sadly, we are facing more AI in the future, not less. Which means those of us prepping to use a teleprompter and deliver our messages in a lively, entertaining way will be even more likely to stand out from the crowd.

      • Steven Washer

        Good point. Those actual robot voices on YouTube videos creep me out, too!

    • Richard Mowrey

      Just as the greatest basketball coach of all times said: Perfect practice makes perfect!
      Steven’s prompts alert us all to the importance of finding such a path.

      • Steven Washer

        I knew I heard that somewhere. 🙂

    • Gary Zenker

      All of your videos are really well delivered…and contain great content. Thank you!

      • Steven Washer

        And by design, duplicatable by nearly anyone. 😉

    • Mel Hardman

      Another Home Run, Steve.
      Thanks much.

      • Steven Washer

        Most welcome. Your ASPDT refrigerator magnet is in the mail! 🙂

    • Michelle

      “Focus on gratitude and joy before pushing the big red button” and “Enjoy making your points…not just reaching the end of the sentence.” Love those tips especially! I recently made 2 videos as Stories on Instagram (my name links to them) to later turn into highlights at the top of my feed and had to keep each to 1 minute which was much harder to set teleprompter speed for than I thought! After hearing your comfortably paced delivery in this video, I’m sure I talked too fast, trying to get it all in. I may have bitten off a bigger purpose for my videos (telling the story behind a piece of art) than I can successfully do in one minute. Do you have any tips for that? I know I should’ve shown the url over the video as I posted it, but I have to learn that trick still (and don’t know if I can add it at this point).

      • Steven Washer

        Yep. First of all, kudos on taking advantage of the Stories feature. The best way to do that is as a teaser. Highlight one important aspect of the story and why it would be important to watch the rest of it at But I guess I’m just defining what a teaser does, right? Anyway, that’s probably how I would do it. Best of luck!

        • Michelle

          Brilliant idea, much easier to set up, and probably much more effective to get people to go to my site to see a much better image of the art than video can do. You’re the best, Steve!

    • Leslie

      I love the humor! Thank you for the excellent advice.

      • Steven Washer

        A pleasure. Hope it helps!

    • Caryn LeMur

      Brilliant humor! And, well done as always! Thank you, Steve. As a former student of yours (online), I come back here for inspiration and encouragement. I am very grateful you continue to publish.

      • Steven Washer

        Always great to see you here, Caryn!

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