Setting Up & Reading Teleprompters

 

It Is Such A Bore to Watch Some Speakers Reading Teleprompters  – The act of Reading Teleprompters is truly an art. But it has really become obnoxious with some speakers. Most every one of them I have seen lately reading two glasses is totally unacceptable, especially amateur apprentice speaker Donald Trump. He is obviously new at it and an inexperienced amateur, who actually stares at one glass for minutes at a time. Hillary Clinton has developed a very natural way of reading, going back and forth while also genuinely connecting with an audience and with the camera.

The Prompters are usually Always Set At the Same Height as the Speaker – But the rub is that they are usually always set up at the speaker’s eye level and focused way above the audience’s heads. And there is no eye contact. The problem lies with the fact that the speaker is usually elevated on a stage about two feet or so raised. This puts a person speaking with eye level at approximately five feet, plus stage height, whereas the lower sitting audience eye level is somewhere between three and a half feet, sitting.

Reading Teleprompters With Proper Eye Contact – Addressing a crowd who are all sitting would require the speaker to have eye contact with them by looking down to their eye level. However, the person responsible for the Teleprompters placement usually always places them to each side of the speaker at his/her eye level on stage. Therefore, when the person reads with the head moving left to right, there is an obvious appearance of him/her looking out not into the eyes of the live audience, but way above them, and in fact, a good three and a half feet over their heads.

A Proper Adjustment Provides A More Sincere Approach – A simple solution appears to be to simply lower the prompter glasses about six or eight inches on each side and do a slight adjustment with its angle. This would have the speaker now looking at and through the prompter glass as if they are also having eye contact with the audience. This is not off the wall since here is copied from an ad showing the adjustment:

“VARIABLE HEIGHT/ANGLE ADJUSTMENTS – The best speech is one where the speaker can achieve direct eye contact with the most people. That is difficult to achieve when his/her head stays in one, fixed location. Every speaker who walks up to the podium is not the same height. Nor do they read best at the same angle of screen. This is why we have created the most adjustable glass for stage teleprompters on the market. Easily adjustable angles will ensure that the speaker can have great eye contact with the audience, while seeing and reading the text clearly.”

However, the ad shows Obama, but he’s always looking out over their heads in his speeches while reading teleprompters. Why can’t they get it right so the person speaking doesn’t appear so obvious and phony? And so I ask, if they may possibly be using outdated stuff that doesn’t adjust, or is it that they just don’t know any better how a speaker should be reading teleprompters?

When Computers Try To Out Think Us

Its amazing how Computers try to out think us. These days of advanced technology seems to have created more circumstances for extreme frustration when “Interneting,” and  Don’t know if that’s a word or not but I guess it should be. Anyway, I think I have found a way to get stuff off my chest when something doesn’t work right at a website. As a for instance, I was doing a usual filling in the blanks routine on a well known site that was taking hours to complete, when I became so furious and upset that I threw the switch to off. As usual, the instructions are always somewhere else and not handy. Or else you go there only to find you can’t get back. Or if you do get back you find that what you have written is either erased or embedded somewhere still half done, or gone completely. I wasn’t even half way through the process but I had had enough.

The clincher was when I finally found some wording to click on that read “If you have technical issues or concerns regarding your personal account the Support Team is available 24/7 to help you.” And when I clicked finally expecting some good people contact, there was none, but pages and pages of answers to questions that I wasn’t asking. But no humans. What gives? And then, totally boiling over with rage, I selected to compose my complaint to these smart ass bastards in my word processor so I could paste it into the proper place on their forum. I’m not identifying them but here is how it went:

“I SPENT MANY DAYS AND HOURS WITH VERY MUCH TIME PREPARING FOR ——- TRYING TO BE SUPER PROFESSIONAL AND THEN SPENT OVER FOUR HOURS TRYING TO POST MY ——, WITH THE AUTOMATED APPLICATION IGNORING MY WORDS AND NOT ABLE TO GET PAST THE SECOND ITEM AT THE TOP OF THE APP.  IT REJECTED MY ——WITH NO REASONS AND THERE WAS NO PLACE TO POST MY ——-. IT WAS A ROUND ROBIN NOT EVEN HALF WAY THROUGH THE PROCESS, WITH FINALLY SHUTTING DOWN AT 2 AM, AND NOT EVEN KNOWING WHERE TO TURN. A “CLICK ON” HELP FROM ABOVE CUSTOMER SERVICE GOES NOWHERE, AND THERE IS NO HUMAN CONTACT ANYWHERE. AND NOW WHEN I SIGN IN I HAVE NO IDEA IF ANYTHING I CLICKED ON TO SAVE WAS SAVED. I CAN ALSO SEE NOW WHY SOME —— PUBLICATIONS PROVE TO BE VERY CONFUSING. I AM NOT STUPID AND I BELIEVE I HAVE LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS THAT DESERVE HUMAN INVOLVEMENT WITH DECENT ANSWERS, SINCE I BELIEVE YOUR INSTRUCTIONS DO NOT PROVIDE ALL THE ANSWERS.

And then there was some more blocks to going on the forum. So there I am, all alone facing my computer screen, totally and absolutely furious up against a bricker than brick wall, (another new word?) No one to blow steam to. So I emailed it to myself. The next day I saw it in my mail and I read it. And you know what? I felt better reading it. It wasn’t sent to them, but I reflected on the fact that my opinion wouldn’t matter to them, and that I would definitely be a thorn and would never ever be in their good graces. And I got it off my chest quietly screaming it on the keyboard. But I discovered something new for me here on how to discard some bitterness and total frustration.

For what it’s worth, those words went out there, who knows where or how far and back for me to see and reflect on if I want to on what automatic really means in today’s world. It’s almost like screaming loud in a big soundproof empty room, or throwing punches at a hanging bag.

So will I try it again? Sure, may as well, since I need them more than they need me, except for the $$ they’ll be collecting from me. And who knows but what their brilliant young master mind geeks may have been doing maintenance so their computers can continue to out think us all.

Lastly, I guess I am glad for the snafu since I decided to change my wording significantly if I do follow through.