Teleprompting for Events

(Meetings, conventions, awards shows, political rallies & more!)


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Why Dallas Prompter?
Confidence Monitors
PowerPoint Teleprompting
Standard Presidential Prompters
Rise & Fall motorized Presidential Prompters
Frequently Asked Questions

Why Dallas Prompter?

For more than 20 years we’ve prompted live events: everything from arena-sized venues with thousands of attendees to ballrooms with less than two hundred.

Our quality prompter operators are personable and experienced; they make a positive contribution to your project.  Our equipment is the best: reliable and high-performing.

There are lots of ways to use a prompter.  Which is right for your project?  The key question is How do your presenters want to interact with the teleprompter? We invite you to choose from the options below.
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This is a presenter’s view of both types of teleprompting: a rise and fall presidential prompter and a downstage monitor.

 

Confidence Monitors

 

For presenters who want to walk the stage and see the prompter from anywhere, we recommend two "confidence monitors" (also known as "downstage" or "floor" monitors).  These are large video screens placed on the floor between the presenter and the audience.

For this technique, we provide a teleprompter workstation and output a VGA or video signal; your a/v vendor provides the monitors and cabling.

     Tip:        If downstage monitors are too close to the stage, as in the top photo at right, the audience may notice the presenter looking down.  Confidence monitors work best when they’re further from the stage, as in the lower photo.
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This downstage monitor is too close to the stage, and makes the presenter look down and away from the audience.

This downstage monitor is farther from the stage; it’s almost in the audience.  The presenter doesn’t have to look down so she can look at the audience.

 

PowerPoint Teleprompting

 

You have two display options: static blocks of text in a PowerPoint deck or continuously scrolling from a traditional prompter.  We can handle either—in fact, we can prompt in both formats during the same show.

All of our laptops are equipped with both our own professional teleprompter software and the latest version of PowerPoint.  Our high-resolution distribution system sends a VGA-quality image either to confidence monitors or to presidential glass—and, Yes, we can display PPT on presidential prompters!

Our experienced prompter operators are adept at working in PowerPoint.  And we’ve developed techniques to make this style interleave seamlessly with your speaker-support PowerPoint deck.

    Tip:     Rehearse your presenters.  They have a lot to do: speak to their audience, keep an eye on the graphics PPT, read from the teleprompter PPT—and often press the 'advance' button, too.  Practice helps!
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Standard Presidential Prompters

 

If your presenter prefers to speak from a lectern, we recommend presidential teleprompters.

With presidentials, it’s easy for a presenter to make eye contact with the audience and video cameras. 

    Tip:     They’re referred to as “presidential” because presidents and politicians have been using them since the 1960’s.  (You thought presidents memorized State-of-the-Union speeches?)

They're very small and unobtrusive; and while it's true that the audience can see the glass panels, once the presentation begins they generally don't. Did you spot the panels in the President's last address to Congress?
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This a presidential prompter on-site at a political rally.  The event was held at an airport using an airplane hanger as shelter for the audience.

 

Rise & Fall Motorized Presidential Prompters

 

With our Rise & Fall system, tall presenters don't have to stoop to see the mirrors, and short presenters don’t need a box to stand on — the mirrors are on motorized stands and can be unobtrusively raised or lowered during the session.

We pre-program a unique position that's exactly right for each presenter, and move the mirrors as he or she walks up. The mirrors are always readable, and always at a point which preserves the sense of eye contact. And when you don't need the mirrors, they can be lowered outside line-of-sight—or most camera shots.

The Rise & Fall system is especially popular for corporate awards shows with multiple presenters — we've done shows with as many as 30. That’s a lot of custom settings!  You can read about it here.[link]

    Tip:     We recommend the Rise & Fall system any time you have at least five presenters—chances are that the variation in presenter height will make it worthwhile.
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The rise and fall prompter stand is below the front edge of the stage and keeps the stage clear.  This allows the mirrors to drop a little lower and give the video director a clear shot of the stage.

 

Disappearing Mirrors

 

Okay, we can't actually make them disappear; but we can make them less prominent, and give your video director a clear shot of the stage.

The key is designing your stage to accommodate the prompter set-up, with a prompter base lower than your lectern. You can accomplish this with a multi-level stage, or with a custom riser for the prompter stands in front of the stage.

If you’re interested in using the Rise & Fall system, we’d be happy to answer your questions – give us a call!
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This stage with multiple levels is another way to hide the profile of the motorized presidential prompters.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

(for presenters who are curious about teleprompting)

Why would I want to use a teleprompter?

It’s a tool that helps you deliver your message.

  • You craft your message in advance, writing efficiently with better phrases and fewer words.
  • When it’s time to take the stage, you can focus on your delivery, and be assured you'll finish on time.
  • You won’t have to ad-lib, and possibly misspeak.
  • You’ll build confidence when you practice with the prompter.
  • You're not looking down at your script: your head is up and your eyes are directed toward the audience.

Some speakers can do an excellent job of ad-libbing their way through a presentation; but those who aren't blessed with that talent make these mistakes:

  • they repeat themselves
  • they detract from their message
  • they bore the audience
  • they take up more time than they were allotted.

(Is that why we’re late to lunch?)

Is a teleprompter a crutch?  Won’t it make me look bad?

Nothing could be further from the truth.  It’s a tool, to make your presentation better, not a crutch.  And you won’t be judged if the audience sees the teleprompter panels—because they'll be more focused on what you're saying.

Most of time, the audience isn’t even aware of the prompter. They may notice the glass panels when they’re first seated, as part of the "scenery", but once the event begins, their interest is on the content, not the mechanics.

What are Presidential Prompters?

Presidential Prompters are pairs of small glass mirrors mounted on stands in front of the lectern to the left and right.  A presenter speaks toward the audience on one side, then turns to the other side to deliver the next thought.  Presidential glass works best with a fixed lectern; if you step away from the primary speaking position, you can’t see the prompter reflection in the glass.

What are Downstage Monitors?
(Also known as floor monitors, confidence monitors, or DSMs)

These are large screens positioned in front of the stage, in the presenter's line of sight as he looks at the audience.  Since you’re looking at a monitor, and not a reflection, you can see the prompter from anywhere on the stage.

How do I decide between presidentials and down stage monitors?

It’s a personal preference.  A presenter who's more comfortable speaking from a lectern will prefer presidential prompters; a presenter who likes to move around the stage needs downstage monitors.  So your project might call for both presidential glass and downstage monitors.
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