We were at the United Nations General assembly this week, teleprompting leaders from around the world.
We met with hundreds of country representatives and had logistical challenges on a daily basis. French, Portuguese, and Spanish hour-long speeches were prompted last minute – it was stressful, rewarding, and needed a smart plan of attack to make everything work without any teleprompting issues!
On day one, we figured out work responsibilities. There were two of us – thankfully — and this helped immensely. You’re not always going to have a partner in crime on every job, but because of the high demands of this one, it was necessary.
While one of us formatted the teleprompter scripts in TeleScript — a leading teleprompter software — the other handled the country representatives by setting expectations and communicating the schedule and timing of their leader’s speech.
You heard me! Yes, this applies to any freelance teleprompting job or any scenario where you’re looking to gain an advantage. Do a little Googling to find out information about who might walk into the room next. At the UN, we figured out leaders’ names ahead of time, how to address them, who was going to be speaking that morning and afternoon, and the proper ways to interact with the incoming country’s representatives.
If you don’t have time to research or know who you might be working with that day then just use some common sense and use some charisma. We didn’t have the opportunity – because of time constraints – to research every leader or representative, so we went with a calm, respectful approach. Even with a language or cultural barrier, there’s nothing like an approachable demeanor and a gracious smile.
Always be learning! You might figure out a quicker script formatting technique or how you might find a better way to interact with an individual from a particular country or company and have some fun while you’re at it!
Take care of yourself while on the job. If you’re working a very long gig with a lot of challenging personalities, make sure you take some time to refresh and take a breather.
We had a challenging, exciting week teleprompting at the UN, and we loved every minute of our time there. If you’re curious to learn more about the United Nations, click this link: https://www.un.org/en/ga/.
Looking forward to General Assembly 2017!
If you’d like to learn more about teleprompting, please visit us at Heyprompster.com.