One of the things I tell my adult college students is that they have to be patient while they’re learning to become better public speakers. I point out that adult students are impatient and often have a harder and more stressful time learning new skills because they put so much pressure on themselves. While younger students accept there’s a lot they don’t know, the older we get—and the more competent we are in other aspects of our lives—the less patience we have when we’re asked to do something we perceive as simple, like talking.
But speaking to an audience isn’t simple. Public speaking is an art, and art needs to be practiced and cultivated.