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How hard is it to read from a teleprompter?

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Every night we bring you stories throughout the day that are written and then put in our teleprompter. Reading on a prompter can have it challenges, so being familiar with the script is critical, and that was the case Thursday night for Mitt Romney.

So how tough is it?

It took me years to feel comfortable with a prompter. For politicians, they practice for hours before delivering their speeches.

For 20 years the owner of Venus Directions set up prompters for governors and CEOs, and last month his company even set up prompters for Romney in Iowa. Before the big speeches, before the big night, it's Andres Parra's job to set up the teleprompter and coach his clients to deliver the best speech possible..

"You want to come across as confident, self assured," Parra said.

Reading a prompter isn't easy, especially for those who never do it, like FOX 9 director Joden Kolhs who Parra says talked too fast and was a little stiff. Kohls isn't a prompter expert, but anchor Randy Meier sure is.

Even though Randy looked and felt comfortable, he also has room for improvement.

"You didn't shift your body as you shifted panel to panel," Parra told him. "You kept (your feet) straight and your head moved, which is a little disconcerting for the audience."

As for myself?

"That was a nice little train wreck," Parra said. "Room for improvement."

Prompters helped those like vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Gov. Scott Walker and Ann Romney deliver their speeches. Out of this group, Parra said Ryan was the best.

"He let the audience feed him back and waited for response and moved on to the next topic," he said.

Pawlenty needed the most work.

"You can see his eyes shift as he's trying to go from the one (prompter)," Parra said. "His eyes shift, then he goes back and moves on. That gives you not so much confidence.

As for Mrs. Romney, who has the least experience?

"I thought she was excellent," Parra said. "And as you can see from audience reaction, they were totally connected."

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