Teleprompters are for phonies! Well, really?

Maybe they’re also for those who have something to say, something they care about getting just right.

The REAL problem is how using it makes you feel, and then how your “performance” suffers as a result.

Try this, and you should feel and be ten times better than before.

    27 replies to "One Tiny Tip for Terrific Teleprompter-ing"

    • Mackay Rippey LAc

      Great not so tiny tip, Steven.

      • Steven Washer

        Big thank you, Mackay! 🙂

    • Jaime espiritu

      Great advice. Timely information

      • Steven Washer

        Timely is good. Hope it works for you!

    • Terry Hunter

      Good info. What is your take on using a TP for an outline, just to make sure the concepts are all covered?
      PS: Is your digital background commercially available?

      • Steven Washer

        Great question. I see no problem in using the TP that way and have recommended it in the past. Yes, I got that background at They kind of have everything there; a veritable of digital backgrounds. 🙂

    • Marlies Cohen

      Thank you. That was the missing tip for me to stop being like a marionette on video.

      • Steven Washer

        That’s a funny image, Marlies. I Hope Stevie doesn’t hear about it!

    • Margherita Crystal Lotus

      Cool Steve! Great teleprompter suggestions!

      • Steven Washer

        Cool. And thanks for dropping by, Margherita!

    • Earl

      Awesome advice! I love all the tips and common sense way you bring them all together with the examples you use. Thank you

      • Steven Washer

        Glad they work for you, sir!

    • Julio

      Thanks for giving free this useful piece of advice

      • Steven Washer

        I hope everyone does find it as useful as I THINK they will. 🙂

    • nancy dadami

      A great tip Steve. I did not pay attention to my “dancing” while I talk, but I will now. In fact I am going to watch others too and see how that works. Love the authority and authentic tip.

      • Steven Washer

        Pretty cool, isn’t it? But you’ll find it’s quite real. I hope people don’t get too sidetracked with the truth vs. lies thing. It’s enough to let yourself BE yourself 🙂

        • Hannah

          That statement makes me wonder if people who administer polygraph tests ever actually look at the person being tested, or are just focused on the test results. The reason this is on my mind is an attack a year and a half ago resulting in broken bones. The perpetrator has gotten away with it in that he managed to neither pass nor fail the polygraph and gave sufficient explanations to keep from being charged. My guess is whoever administers the outdated polygraph is NOT looking at the testee’s hadviceead and body movements. Anyway, we have to wonder why the police continue to rely on the outdated polygraph at all. But there we are. Sorry to turn this topic into a crime detection story. And really glad to hear this on the teleprompter. I notice newscasters and actors manage it quite well, so it’s good there is a YOU showing is HOW it’s done!

    • Leslie

      I love the humor you put into your videos! Great advice. Thank you.

      • Steven Washer

        A pleasure, though humor is a bit like oxygen. I can only stay down so long before I need to come up for LOL’s.

    • Mel Hardman

      Great advice, Steve…. and so effectively presented. Your ‘Talking to the person behind the paper’ reminded me of the first lesson I learned about being a radio announcer: you’re not talking to thousands! You think…and keep in mind, that you are only talking to one person ….and the intimacy will come about naturally.

      • Steven Washer

        Thanks much, Mel. I’ve always wondered about radio and that kind of intimacy. Good to know!

    • Arne Odland

      Thanks so much Steven! Your tips are very timely for me and I look forward to your new training in this area. You are the epitome of natural in front of the camera, coming across as very genuine. What is more amazing is how effectively you are convetying your methods of how to do it too in simple language that I believe I can go and execute. And, your chroma key against that background is exceptional, as you are expert in that as well.

      • Steven Washer

        Goodness, I’m e-blushing…

    • Susie Verde

      Thanks, Steve!
      I guess with my latin style, clementines keep pouring from the sky- haha!
      Lovely video- very informative and on the target.

      • Steven Washer

        I believe yours is called an “unfair advantage”, Susie! 🙂

    • Maggie

      Thank you for this video learning lots 🙂

    • John Tedmon

      Steve, you are a master and constantly surprise me by out doing your own genius.
      Thanks for your mentor-ship and guidance.
      John Tedmon

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