Speak truth to power. First, practice your lines.

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Martin Luther King Jr. speaks truth to power in Whitehouse meeting with Lyndon Johnson

There are few chances to speak truth to power. Make the most of them.

Help your supporters make the most of their turn in the spotlight at townhalls and virtual events. Share talking points with them in the free BigStage Teleprompter app so they can practice with a scrolling script. A teleprompter is easier to use than a document where you have to scan the sheet for your next talking point.

Paste talking points into the teleprompter. Highlight key phrases and pauses. Share the script as a link which launches the teleprompter with the scrolling script inside. The teleprompter runs on a phone or laptop. Your can even change the script at any time with changing events, and all everyone using your script immediately has your new version.

This time it is all on the line, as Republicans plan to strip millions of Americans of their right to vote. Make sure you’re ready for public forums during the upcoming recess, where you can let them know how you feel about their voter suppression schemes to cling to power.

Practice your lines before you speak truth to power for maximum impact.
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Speak up at townhalls and online forums

‘My Husband is Dying. What Kind of Insurance Do You Have?’: GOP Town Halls Erupt. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was one of several Republican politicians confronted by outraged crowds. – Common Dreams

I’ve used a clip of her comments as example of a very persuasive appeal. She is eloquent and doesn’t a teleprompter. Most of us, however do better when we practice our lines. Help your supporters with talking points in the BigStage Teleprompter so they can practice in advance. They can take the script with them on their phone into the meeting and also use the teleprompter to create their own scripts for other events.

“Recess is also when most members of Congress schedule their listening forums, like town halls… Under normal circumstances, town halls tend to be sleepy affairs. In 2009 the Tea Party had stormed town halls nationwide, stunning Democratic and Republican representatives alike and dealing a serious blow to the effort to pass health care reform. These are public, visual, media-ready confrontations.” – Rolling Stone

Speaking truth to power

Transcript: “I have a YES or NO question for you. I could tell you three members of my family including me that would be dead. Dead. And homeless. If it was not for ACA. I am angry constituent. You work for us. We apologize for you. I could tell you since 1991, our health insurance woes, and I’m not going to do that. My husband has dementia, Alzheimer’s plus multiple other things. And you want to stand there with him at home. You expect us to be calm, cool, and collected. Wow! What kind of insurance do you have?”

These talking points were pasted into the BigStage Teleprompter which can be used to rehearse with on a phone or laptop. Key words in the script are highlighted for emphasis and dashes indicate where to pause. This script and the free BigStage Teleprompter app can be shared with this link. https://bigstageteleprompter.online/content/hT2tOrQKOW

You can create different scripts for different events. Local activists can customize the script they get to their specific concerns as well by editing the script in the teleprompter. The BigStage Teleprompter supports scripts in different language.

The BigStage Teleprompter allows you to practice your lines before you speak truth to power.

TakeAway: Public outrage helped prevent Republicans from killing affordable health insurance through ACA. Republicans are using voter suppression to silence any opposition and kill ACA knowing they can never be voted out of office.

Make sure you’re ready to advocate for yourself before it’s too later. Speak truth to power while you can.


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or Microsoft Teams?

Which video conferencing solution is right for your? It depends on your use case and whether it is private or public meeting. Below is a table that delivers a side-by-side comparison of the two video conferencing platforms. Generally, Zoom is better for external meetings and seminars while Microsoft Teams is better for internal meetings and collaboration.

Set-Up• Free to Download/Organize/Use
• Under 10 Minutes To Download
• No additional factors required
• Requires Set Up Through Microsoft
• Requires DownloadingTeams For In-Depth Use
Capability• Video Meetings/Chat Rooms Only• Texting Rooms/Calendar/Activity Feed
• Video Meeting Capabilities
Security (Across All Levels)• 256-bit TLS encryption
• AES-256 encryption
• Optional end-to-end encryption
• Passcode-protected meetings
• Audio signatures
• Screenshot watermarks
• End-to-end encryption
• Multi-factor authentication
• Rights Management Services support
• Encryption at rest and in transit
• Secure Real-time Transfer Protocol technology
• HIPAA, GDPR, FedRAMP, SOC and FERPA compliant
Files Sharing100 MBs512 MBS
Video QualityHD 720P Default with Potential For 1080PHD 1080P Default
Audio QualityDependent On Device/External HardwareDependent On Device/External Hardware
Modification AbilitiesOffers 100+ Add Ons/Modification Capabilities• Offers 70 Add Ons/Modification Capabilities
• Including Zoom Compatibility
Video QualityHD 720P Default with Potential For 1080PHD 1080P Default
Free Plan• Free Edition—100 Max Capacity
• 40 Minute Max Duration
• 1 License Per Account
• 24/7 Helpline
• Free Edition — 300 Max Capacity
• 60 Minute Max Duration
• Online Microsoft Office Capabilities
• No Web Support
Midrange Plan• Pro Edition — $12.49/month per user
• 100 Max Capacity
• 100 GB Recording Per User
• Social Media Streaming, Pooling,
Live Transcription, & Co-Hosting
• 30 hour Max Duration
• 9 Licenses Per Account
• Business Basic — $5/month per user
• 300 Max Capacity
• 1 TB Cloud Storage
• Teams, Exchange, One Drive and Sharepoint
• Microsoft Helper Services
• 24 Hour Max Duration
• Minimum Yearly Commitment
Upper Level Plan• Business Edition — $16.99/month per user
• 300 Max Capacity
• All Pro Features
• Single Sign-On, Recording Transcripts,
Company Branding & Managed Domains
• 30 Hours Max Duration
• 10-99 Licenses Per Account
• Business Standard — $12.50/month per user
• 300 Max Capacity
• 1 TB Cloud Storage
• Full Desktop Microsoft Office Capabilities
• 24 Hour Max Duration
• Minimum Yearly Commitment
Expensive Plan• Enterprise Edition — $20.00/month per user
• 500 Max Capacity
• Local and Unlimited Cloud Storage
• All Pro Features and Benefits
• 100 Licenses (min) Per Account
• E3 — $20/Month Per User
• 10,000 Capacity
• All Business Standard Features
• Advanced Security And Support Features
• Better for external meetings and seminars
• Better for reaching out to followers
• Better for internal meetings
• Better for collaboration

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