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Tips on Preparing, Practicing and Presenting your Arts Project Pitch by using Free Teleprompters

Tomorr Kokona pitches to the "Dragons" panel conisting of Ian Taylor, Lizzie Fargher, Deborah Roslund and Andrew Hochhauser QC. Dance UK - The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, Fundraising Conference at London's City Hall. Photo: Bettina Strenske for Dance UK.

Tomorr Kokona pitches to the “Dragons” panel conisting of Ian Taylor, Lizzie Fargher, Deborah Roslund and Andrew Hochhauser QC. Dance UK – The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, Fundraising Conference at London’s City Hall. Photo: Bettina Strenske for Dance UK.

Throughout your career as an artist you will need to pitch your idea at various occasions and to help you prepare, practice, and improve your pitch I would suggest you use a teleprompter.
Using the FREE online and smartphone teleprompters, it makes it easier than ever to prepare, practice and film yourself – as many times as you wish!
Using a teleprompter is similar to using cue cards. The screen is in front of, and usually below, the lens of your computer screen or smartphone video camera. The words on the screen scroll through as you read the words displayed – it shows on the video playback as if you were speaking without a script (A bit like award show presenters at the Oscars or Oliviers).
There are literally hundreds of free teleprompters to choose from, however I would suggest the following:
Free teleprompter app for smartphones and tablets:
In my opinion, this is one of the best free apps for iPhone and iPad with video recording and playback facility. It comes with the added benefits of saving your video into the device or emailing it to others. In this case you could record your pitch and email it to your ‘pitching buddy’ to watch it at their leisure.
Other free teleprompter apps for smartphone and tablets:
To download any of these apps please go to App Store in your iPhone/iPad or Android shop on your smartphone.
Free online teleprompter platforms for PC and Mac:
(These two online platforms are useful for PC or Mac users, however you cannot record or film yourself)
Please remember that the teleprompter is there to support you with practicing the pitch out loud and memorising the key concepts. Eventually you should move away from the teleprompter in order to allow yourself the spontaneity of presenting your idea as naturally and convincingly as possible.
By Tomorr Kokona
Originally posted on Tomorr Kokona’s Facebook page, August 2016.