I had an interesting conversation with my doctor the other day about public speaking. Because one of the concerns of speakers is that they'll be judged by the audience members, she wondered if older people are less afraid of public speaking than younger people, due to the fact that older people "have gotten over themselves," in her words.
What she's saying is that, the older we get, the less we care about what people think of us. The less we care about making a mistake or looking foolish. And if this is the case, how does this affect our feelings about public speaking?
I thought this was a fascinating question and decided to put it out to my readers.
Have you experienced less stress about public speaking as you've gotten older?
Do you find that you are less concerned with people's opinions of you and therefore more comfortable with speaking?
Of course, there are other reasons people are uncomfortable with speaking, and age may or may not play a role. I'd love to hear your opinions and experiences. Please share in the comments!