How To Give A Speech Using The iPad

Do you ever give talks at conferences?  Perhaps you have an upcoming speech that you are going to be giving soon and you really want to use your  iPad.  We are going to show you how to not only deliver a powerful speech but how to use your iPad for that speech.  Let’s dive in.

How To Give A Speech Using The iPad

Giving a speech in front of others can be a stressful situation.  Especially when you start thinking of all the things that “could” go wrong.  However, if you want to make a great impression you can leverage your iPad to give a great speech.  Here are the things you will need for your speech on your iPad:

  1. The iPad
  2. A Stand
  3. An App
  4. Some Tips

Compass iPad StandHaving the iPad should be obvious.  If you do not yet have a stand, however, then you definitely want to get one for giving a speech with your iPad.  The stand that I highly recommend for giving a speech is the Compass.  This is a great stand that not only folds right up but it is sturdy and light at the same time.  The Compass is made by Twelve South and you can see it by clicking here now.

Now you are going to need  a good app to help you along with your speech. Why? Because when you are giving your talk, it’s a great idea to have it scripted out so you don’t forget important points or lose your train of thought.  There are some really good apps out there to help you give a speech using your iPad.  And while there are dozens of them that exist, we are going to present you with one of the top ones that has consistently been updated and rated well.

Here is one of the top-rated apps that turns your iPad into a teleprompter for giving that killer speech:

Teleprompt+ for iPad

One of the most advanced and full-featured professional teleprompters for the iPad.  It has audio recording and external screen support as well as a built-in text editor or the ability to copy and paste your entire speech from Mail, Pages, or any other iPad App.  Additionally, Teleprompt+ also includes some advanced features such as 100 fine tuned scrolling speeds, a speed wheel for scrolling adjustment, and the ability to quickly double tap and pause the speech.

Teleprompt for iPad

There are reading guides, VGA Output support, and one of the best parts is that you can use a second iOS device (iPhone) with Teleprompt+ installed as a wireless remote!  This means that you do not have interact with the iPad when you want to pause the speech or change scrolling speeds.

Something else you can do with the wireless remote feature is use a feature called Text Syncing.  This is extremely powerful for giving a great speech.  Here’s how it works. Let’s say you have your speech cued up on the iPad and you also have the app installed on your iPhone.  All you need to do is launch the app on your phone and it will bring up your speech as you see it on the iPad.  It will then scroll by on the phone as it does on the iPad which means you can be free to walk around and give your speech without losing sight of the contents of the speech.

Given all of the great features, this is one of the most powerful tools you can use for giving a speech using the iPad.  It is priced at $9.99.

Teleprompt+ for iPad - Bombing Brain Interactive

Now that you have your iPad, a stand, and an app for giving your speech, it’s time for some fail proof tips on making sure your speech is a huge success.

  1. Release Your Nerves. Before you do your speech, release some nervous energy and pump up confidence by doing some physical body movements.  Yeah, place your iPad in both hands and raise them above your head and then bring them down again – now do this a few times and really stretch out your arms.  Try some jumping jacks as well (not with the iPad).
  2. Visual Aids. Use visual aids such as graphs or charts. People love pictures and it gives you something to reference and talk about which can actually be a distraction in a positive way.
  3. Condense Your Main Message. Figure out the goal of your speech and then condense that into no more than 30 seconds right at the start of your speech.  Then, during the speech, mention that main message no less than 3 more times (preferably at the beginning, middle, and end).
  4. Have Three Main Points. Even if you have tons of ideas to cover, try to categorize things into 3 main points and tie them back to that main message.
  5. Practice. A lot of people prefer to just “wing it” when it comes to giving talks.  But if you get stuck or become nervous then you will really benefit from going over the content and practicing at least a few times.  Even if you don’t want to practice, just try it once so you so you appear more relaxed and natural.
  6. A Pep Talk. Give yourself a quick pep talk before going out on stage.  Really pump yourself up and predict that it’s going to go well with people being very pleased at the content. Don’t worry about what others think, just talk to yourself a little and it’s amazing how it carries you right out on stage.

Alright. There are some tips you can use when you give your next speech and you are going to use your iPad.  Now you have the tools you need to deliver a powerful speech.  And if this little guide helped out, let us know!


  1. STL says:

    Tell them what you’re going to tell them
    Tell them
    Tell them what you told them

    1. Shane says:

      That’s the perfect way to boil it all down :-)

    2. AJ says:

      Exactly. This sounds like a great app. I wish I had something like it when I took my speak class.

      1. Shane says:

        Thanks AJ!

        Yeah, ironically I wish I had the iPad in general when I took my classes….It’s amazing to me the tools we have these days.

  2. Great article – very useful for the presenter.

    I am a videographer and I am very interested in the image, at the top of your article, you have with the iPad as a teleprompter attached to a video camera.

    Do you have any info or links to the accessories and ways to attach a camera ti the iPad – or is that attach the iPad to the camera :-)

    1. Shane says:

      Hi Bruce,
      I got that image from a site about teleprompters and when I look really close it appears they are using some form of laptop? However, I don’t see why the iPad could not fit in there and in fact I bet someone has made one, but would it really be necessary?

      1. I have non professional talking heads who need a teleprompter as just can’t remember the lines. I thought a cheap and simple solution for iPad would be useful to me.

        1. Shane says:

          I think the iPad could work perfectly ok. If you had a stand and the TelePrompTer app, it souls provide the perfect solution….also..if the talking heads have an iPhone…they will be able to see the scrolling words right there close to them!

  3. Tim says:

    I’d like to know more about Keynote. I’m more familiar with PowerPoint and I never fail to have problems getting my presentation to play back properly.

    Is Keynote more fail-proof?
    How do you advance the presentation if your iPad is attached to the projector and you’re stuck at the podium?

    I hate to experiment in front of a crowd. Any help/input would be greatly appreciated.


    1. Shane says:

      Hi Tim,
      I sure can help ya out….here is one thing to know, yes Keynote is a great application both on your Mac (if you own one) and on the iPad…as you say though, advancing slides is still a little bit difficult on the iPad. It requires that you go up to it and physically advance it. There is an app coming apparently that will let you use a phone as a remote to advance it but I have not yet seen it personally!

      But as a program, Keynote is very impressive and it does have some compelling features. The iPad version is not as robust but has enough to put together a pretty good show.

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