Barack Obama and Neil Tanner backstage

Who are some famous people you’ve done teleprompting for?

I get asked this question a lot. I imagine it helps with the pedigree and trust.  I’m proud of my clients over the 20 years of teleprompting. It’s always an honor to hear who I’ll be working with next. Even though I’m closely contributing to their speech and performance on-stage, I may not have direct…

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What teleprompter equipment do I use?

I’ve seen a lot of changes in the teleprompter industry. When I first started, a teleprompter was mostly limited to the studio. I used my client’s crazy proprietary “remote” teleprompter system that would give a composite video out, but only display to the operator 3 tiny lines of text. So, I learned to be veeeeery…

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How does a presidential teleprompter work?

The presidential teleprompter demystified: no, the audience can’t see your words. When I was a kid, and saw photographs of these glass panels around a lectern, I just thought they were bullet-proof glass to protect the speaker. Like, someone Secret Service dude knew exactly where an enemy would fire from:) I’ve also had people ask…

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Teleprompting for Graduation or Commencement

I have a long history with commencement (aka graduation) ceremonies. This is because I used to play saxophone in the marching bands for both my high school and university. At least once a year, we’d perform ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ over and over while the seniors walked to receive their diplomas in the graduation ceremony. So…

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