With a teleprompter, I see people reading as if the audience is watching over their shoulder hoping they don’t lose their place.

There is a much better way to maintain eye contact, give yourself a nice smooth rhythm, and so get all the results you want from the prompter.

    10 replies to "Eye Contact or Eye Fixation?"

    • Carol Webster

      Brilliant observation! I have noticed that about my videos; the moments I look away for a moment to “think” are natural and sort of endearing, so I try to keep them in the edit. Now that you have pointed out the micro change of gaze, the challenge will be to NOT do it on purpose which would runs the risk of making it look and feel fake all over again. hahahah

      • Steven Washer

        It’s Ok to be purposeful to “prime the pump” as it were. It’s such a small gesture it doesn’t look like what you think it does.:) and after a while you never have to think about it again.

        For that matter just practice a few times first and let muscle memory take over!

    • Richard Mowrey

      Such a good message: AI to the rescue or to find and use our natural communication mode?

      • Steven Washer

        It’s up to you. I guess you know which camp I’m in. 🙂

    • Ronald Ross

      I use Speakflow.com teleprompter and find it very user friendly. (nod. glance ) I sent them a link to this video comending you to them as a possible resource. (raise eyebrows. Smile. fade to black).

      • Steven Washer

        That was great, Ron!

    • Anjali Arnold

      Hello dearest man, the trans-human movement LOL. Great way to practice this is while socializing on zoom or some form of social video connect. Staying near enough to the camera center, then glancing away naturally as you yap. Works for when the camera is on record too. Wishing you well, thanks always for being you. Lotta giggles with you in this video, thanks for that.
      Love, Anjali

      • Steven Washer

        Yes, thank you for the reminder that you don’t have to be on a prompter to make this work!

    • Jeff Harrison

      Steven, we missed you and are so glad you’re back. I was just recently editing a recorded audio podcast and realized I removed some of the “natural” pauses. Your message makes me more aware of this thanks Steven.

      • Steven Washer

        We’re in such a hurry to get, well, I don’t know. But thanks, Jeff!

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