It’s strange. I can speak perfectly fine in conversation. I have no trouble speaking on the phone smoothly, having worked in a call centre. I don’t have any trouble speaking while teaching. But put a camera in front of me, and the words don’t come out very smoothly.
Why? Maybe I’m too self-conscious about how I look on camera. Maybe I feel strange about talking to an electronic device that won’t react to me. Whatever it is, I think I need to write scripts.
On the other hand, whenever I’ve gone back to Canada, people say I speak more slowly. Well, years of having to adjust my pace for my students has affected how I speak. It’s that way on camera, too.
How are you on camera? Are you reluctant? Or do you thrive?