Confidence Output & Stage Directions

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With Proclaim you can show several different output types on as many screens as you need, including the Confidence Monitor Output, which displays a high contrast, text-only view of the slide content. The Confidence output is often used by the worship team and presented on a confidence monitor. The output also supports stage directions to quickly facilitate messages to whomever is presenting.

1. Set an output to Confidence.

Expand the Settings menu and select Display. Set your chosen output to Confidence.


Note: Learn more about setting up outputs.

You can add as many confidence monitors as you need, so long as at least one output is set to Slides.

Note: Proclaim requires at least one monitor be set to Slides to show your public-facing presentation. The monitor followed by “Application” is your computer’s monitor, and should be set to ”Not Used” so you can control your presentation while On Air.

2. Configure the output’s settings.

Once you set an output to Confidence, several additional settings become available below. You must have one of your outputs set to Confidence in order to access these options. Check or uncheck the boxes to show or hide information on the confidence monitor output.


  • Slide title: Show the current service item’s title.
  • Song lyrics preview: Show the first line of the next song lyric at the bottom of the confidence output.
  • Clock: Show the current time in the bottom right-hand corner.
  • Countdown timer: Show configured confidence timers you’ve added to your presentation from the Add Item Menu. Learn more below.
  • Recording Indicator: Show a recording indicator in the top right-hand corner whenever your presentation is recording. The indicator also includes how long you’ve been recording. Learn more about adding recording in Proclaim.

With every item configured and enabled, your confidence monitor will look like this:


3. Configure other options.

Some of the confidence monitor settings require additional steps to use effectively.

Countdown Timers

Timers on your confidence monitor can count up to show a speaker how long they’ve been speaking or count down from a pre-determined time limit.

1. Add a confidence timer.

Expand the Settings menu, hover your cursor over Cues, and click Start Confidence Timer.


Note: Use keyboard shortcuts to speed up the process. To add a start confidence timer, press shift + cntl + , on a Windows PC or shift + ⌘ cmd + , on a Mac. To add a stop confidence timer quickly, press shift + cntl + . on a Windows PC or shift + ⌘ cmd + . on a Mac.

2. Configure the timer(s).

In the Order of Service panel, drag and drop the confidence timer start cue where you want it. Select the cue in the Order of Service panel, choose whether the timer counts up or down, and add a time (e.g. “10 am” or “5 min”). If you add a Stop Confidence Timer cue, select the Start Confidence Timer cue and set it to count up and tell Proclaim to stop the timer at the Stop Confidence Timer cue.


With the cue selected, check the option to Show overtime counter if you want the timer to continue counting in red if the timer goes over the limit you set. Check Show on Notes monitor if you want the timer to also show on your notes monitor.

Note: If you set your Start Confidence Timer to count up until your Stop Confidence Timer, you will not be able to show overtime counter.


Note: Timers configured as shown above will only appear on the confidence monitor. Learn more about timers on congregation-facing outputs.

Stage Directions

Messages can be quickly sent to your speaker to communicate important information to the confidence monitor on the fly.

1. Enter Preview mode while On Air.

While On Air, ensure Proclaim is set to Preview.


2. Send a message.

Select the yellow To Stage button to expand the dropdown menu. Enter your own custom message, or choose one of the default options. The message will show at the top of the confidence monitor.


Choose Flash the message or Flash the message urgently at the top of the dropdown to catch the speaker’s attention.


3. Clear the message.

Choose Clear the message to remove the stage direction.


Stage direction cues

Reminders or directions for the team can be entered ahead of time and sent to your speaker or worship team when the service advances past a specific slide.

1. Add stage direction cues.

Expand the Settings menu, hover your cursor over Cues, and click Stage Direction (shift + cntl + D on a Windows PC or shift + ⌘ cmd + D on a Mac).


Drag the cue before the slide during which you want to show the stage direction.

2. Add content to your cue.

In Edit mode, enter the title and content of the stage direction. Check the box Show title on confidence monitor to send the title to the Confidence output (instead of the content only).


While On Air, the cue will show while in Preview mode when you progress past the stage direction on your computer.


Note: If there’s more than one stage direction cue in a row, only the one immediately preceding the next non-cue service item will be visible in Preview.

Only the Title will show on your confidence monitor, flashing to get the attention of those on stage. The details are visible on the computer you’re presenting from and will not be sent to the Confidence output.


Note: Pre-scripted stage direction cues cannot be updated while On Air. To update the message on the confidence monitor, click on the “To Stage” icon to deselect it, then re-select and send a custom message (as shown above). 

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