Need to Know Tech #2: TelePrompter for Better Public Speaking

We all do more public speaking than we think: giving an actual speech, doing a presentation, leading a meeting, teaching a class… the list goes on. And I’m really excited about a new startup I found called TelePromptor which, as you might have guessed, makes reading your words easy and better. If you’re going to give a speech or a presentation, you might as well make it as awesome as possible. That includes planning and practicing, of course, but I could see TelePrompter as a must-have tool for anyone who wants to give a soul-stirring talk that actually leaves an impression on people.

Every weekday I write about one new tech product I think the world should know about. I call this the Tech You Need to Know (or TYNTK) series. If you missed yesterday’s article, here’s the link: Sylaps for the Best Video Meetings. Alright, back to today’s article!

What has me really excited about TelePromptor, initially, is the interface. It looks really good. The text is super readable and it works on ANY device. So you can use TelePromptor on your phone, your tablet or your laptop just as easily. Text within the interface is broken up into blocks that you can easily re-arrange by clicking and dragging. It’s also very easy to insert a timed break (the length of which is quickly adjustable). There’s support for multiple speakers, projector output and you can also input images.

This is what the interface looks like in-action.

But that’s not all. The way text appears — what it looks like, how it transitions, how long it stays — all of that feels more natural than other tele-prompt apps and services. Of the paltry tele-prompter apps available for iOS, I haven’t been impressed with a single one. They’re pretty horrible (unless there’s some hidden tele-prompter app that’s amazing that I haven’t seen or run into yet). But TelePromptor is different because it’s more natural. For me, I can already tell that this app would help me feel more in control, more on-pace, more relaxed and more confident. I wish I had this for every past speech or presentation I’ve had to give. Now at least I know I’ll have it for the future.

I’ve noticed a few small bugs that need to be ironed out when I access TelePromptor from my iPhone using Safari. But considering this just launched, I can’t wait to see how it develops in the future.

One use case I’m personally excited about is YouTube. This would make a great tool for YouTubers who aren’t great at talking on the spot and/or who can’t or don’t want to have to memorize scripts. It will also be great for podcasting.

You can use TelePromptor for free but the free version won’t let you save anything. Otherwise the site says it costs $29.95 to use the service including lifetime updates, support and access.