25 March, 2021

Zoom fundraising goes better with a teleprompter

The BigStage Teleprompter is a free app that allows you to present better on Zoom.

Don't take chances with important presentations. Use a teleprompter.

Fundraising online is stressful. It helps to maintain eye contact with potential donors while making your appeal.

This blog describes the experience of Mark Lufkin, Senior Development Officer at the Worcester Academy. He used the BigStage Teleprompter app for an alumni fund raising event in recognition of Black History Month and the school's founding in 1834. The fundraiser featured Victor Fields, a Worcester alum. Victor is a critically-acclaimed jazz vocalist who has performed with luminaries including Isaac Hayes, Cameo, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin, Regina Belle, and Norman Simmons, and Melba Moore.

Preparing a fundraising script

An onscreen teleprompter runs on your computer screen without the need for any external equipment. A well written script like Mark's shows which phrases to emphasize and where to insert pauses. The script is pasted into the teleprompter window, which is placed next to the browser window running Zoom. This enabled Mark to keep eye contact with viewers who do not see the teleprompter that Mark was using.

Mark Lufkin presents with the BigStage Teleprompter.

Teleprompter script

"My name is Mark Lufkin and I am a member of the advancement team at Alumni House. Thank you so much for participating in tonight’s call as part of a month long celebration of the founding of Worcester Academy and Black History. Worcester Academy, as you know has a long standing history of embracing diversity, equity and inclusion. When we witness events that are counter our values as a community, we act and respond based on our core belief of “achieving the honorable.” The death of George Floyd and subsequent unrest in our country around racial injustice elevated the issue to the center of our consciousness..." - portion of Mark's script that was uploaded into the BigStage Teleprompter.

Watch how Mark's comments scroll in the BigStage Teleprompter at this link.

Maintain eye contact

The onscreen BigStage Teleprompter allows presenters to maintain eye contact with their viewers.

Position your teleprompter properly

The BigStage Teleprompter runs in its own browser window besides the ZOOM (or WebEx, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet) window. This lets you read the script while still keeping eye contact with your audience who do not see the teleprompter.

Watch Mark's video presentation where he maintains eye contact while reading the script on the teleprompter here.

The BigStage Teleprompter runs in its own browser window which can be placed next to the Zoom window.

BigStage Teleprompter

The BigStage Teleprompter is a free web app that runs in a browser window along with Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Team or Google Meet. The teleprompter can be used on a phone, tablet or computer and supports scripts in English and other languages. The premium version of the app offers advanced features.

Takeaway: Present better on Zoom with the free onscreen BigStage Teleprompter.


Image credit: Nappy

case study image
22 May’ 2024

Ted Cruz tries to hide the GOP IVF ban in a load of BS. Can your BS-Meter spot it?

How good is your BS-Meter? Can it spot the GOP's IVF ban hidden in a load of BS by a Harvard lawyer? "The GOP is scared....

case study image
21 May’ 2024

Map Of Republican Attacks On Fanni Willis To Stop Her From Prosecuting Trump

'Back off!': Maddow shames Republicans attacking justice system to protect Trump Rachel Maddow looks at the lengths to which Republicans are going to abuse their power...

case study image
20 May’ 2024

Where are ABORTION RIGHTS on the ballot? Check this map!

Vote to protect abortion rights "Florida’s six-week abortion ban is now in effect - eliminating the final bastion of reproductive rights in the South. But there...

case study image
10 May’ 2024

Death Count Rises From Netanyahu’s Desperate Bid To Stay Out Of Jail

"Israelis stage largest protest since war began to increase pressure on Netanyahu" "Netanyahu Is Beholden to the Israeli Far-Right on the Judicial Overhaul Plan. Protesters blame...

case study image
7 May’ 2024

Community Organizers Win Trust and Support Through Service

Organizing starts with community service. "I began as a community organizer in a poor neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, working with people to help...

case study image
3 May’ 2024

Republican weight loss program for hungry kids

Is your child hungry? Not to worry. Republicans have a new weight loss program for them. Republicans claim to care about babies and families. But it...