Mr. Narendra Modi does not read while delivering a speech being the Prime Minister of India even though he carries a pile of notes in his hand. Yes, you read that right. We know Mr. Narendra Modi is a rockstar and an incredible orator but speaking in a full-fledged election rally and at the parliament are entirely different cases.
At such meetings, you got to have some essential notes handy to speak with a spot on fluency and optimism. But our Prime Minister has his own way.
It seems like he uses a teleprompter. Can you spot that ?
Apparently, he is not the only person using it.
President Barack Obama uses it too. And so does Donald Trump.
Wondering how it works ? Let me tell you how.
A teleprompter is a display device that prompts the person speaking with an electronic visual text of a speech or script. Using a teleprompter is similar to using cue cards. The screen is in front of, and usually below, the lens of a professional video camera, and the words on the screen are reflected to the eyes of the presenter using a sheet of clear glass or a specially prepared beam splitter. Light from the performer passes through the front side of the glass into the lens, while a shroud surrounding the lens and the back side of the glass prevents unwanted light from entering the lens.
Because the speaker does not need to look down to consult written notes, he appears to have memorized the speech or to be speaking spontaneously, looking directly into the camera lens.
Behind the scenes is the teleprompter operator controlling the speed of the scrolling text and the pace of the speaker.
So now you know how these world famous speakers get a aid to their already impactful speeches making them look effortless.