Preparing Your Script for Teleprompter

Most presenters prefer to use PowerPoint bullets as talking points and give their lectures “organically,” as they would teaching a live class. This usually allows for a more natural flow and fewer takes and edits. However, sometimes it’s necessary to read a prepared script.

Screen grab of a sample teleprompter script
Your teleprompter script should be a plain text document with each slide marked.

Using a script when recording your lecture can ensure that you don’t forget any important points you’re trying to make. But, reading from a teleprompter is an acquired skill and takes some practice. Making sure your script is properly formatted will help you and the teleprompter operator work together to create a seamless, naturally flowing experience. As always, please send your presentation materials early to allow for any editing or adjustments that may be required.

Download theĀ Teleprompter Script Template

Quick Tips

Write to be Read

Use a conversational tone, and avoid stilted language. It helps to read your script aloud to ensure a natural flow and practice your delivery.

Mark Your Spot

If you are using a PowerPoint, make sure to label each section with the corresponding slide number so you know where to advance next.

Mind the Gaps

Try to combine as many topics possible into a single paragraph to avoid gaps in the presentation. This helps keep the flow for you and the teleprompter operator.

Format Matters

Our teleprompter software is a basic text reader, so Word documents and other rich-text formats must be converted.

*Note: Please use our Teleprompter Script Template or send your Word document ahead of time if you need us to format it for you.