Woe to the presenter who underestimates the challenges of reading off a teleprompter.

What you might consider a safety net can actually feel more like a trap. Will the words disappear off the screen before you have a chance to utter them? Will you inadvertently skip a line and end up speaking gibberish? Will it be painfully clear to your audience that you are just reading words with little thought to what you are actually saying?

Here’s a quick primer on how to navigate your way through a prompted performance without appearing like a deer in the headlights.