When the issue of reading a teleprompter or script comes up, I have heard, “How do I make it sound like I’m not reading?” The answer: teleprompter practice. If you’re not seen on camera, script practice. The same methods of perfecting your sound apply to both. When I started in the TV business, I had trouble sounding conversational when I would read a package script. When I started anchoring, I sounded like I was reading a Ron Burgundy teleprompter.
TeleprompterEven if you’re not on TV, it’s important to know how to read in a conversational tone.
Even if you’re not on #TV, it’s important to know how to read in a #conversational tone. Click to TweetFor marketing purposes, you may need to:
- record a radio advertisement
- create a video or recording for your website or social media
- create a video or recording for employee training purposes
- read a teleprompter when appearing on TV
- ignore a teleprompter when appearing on TV (yes, you’ll see words but won’t read them)
Teleprompter PracticeLooking back at old resume tapes makes me cringe. My voice was terrible! It was so obvious I was reading off a script. Changing my voice to sound more conversational was the most challenging part of growing as a TV reporter and anchor. It’s hard to read and make it sound like you’re not reading. I was reading every sentence the same way and putting the same emphasis at the start, middle, and end. My old news director said the cadence in my voice was the same. I didn’t understand what he meant then, but now I do. Here are some things I did to help train my voice.
Write the Way you TalkSometimes, people try to write all sophisticated and use big words or lots of industry jargon. While it may make you sound super smart, it won’t help you sound conversational. Writing the way you talk on a daily basis will help you be more conversational because it’s the norm.
When I appear on WPTV presenting Steals and Deals each month, I ignore the teleprompter. Because I want to be conversational, I keep track of my main bullet points and just talk.