What you'll do
Learn how to express yourself and communicate better. Nonverbal, verbal and written activities will stretch and strengthen your communications skills, whether you're talking to a friend, writing, or making a presentation to a group. Learn about communication careers, writing resumes, interviewing for a job, dealing with anxiety and much more.
Public Presentations may be related to any project that the member is enrolled in or to any area of interest or expertise the 4-H’er has. Presentations may be an individual or a two-person team.
NOTE: 4-H’ers who complete a Public Presentation at the State Fair will receive a $30 cash award. These payments are made in October. 4-H’ers must be grade eligible to participate at the State Fair.
- Cloverbud Individual
- Cloverbud Team
- Demonstrations are an oral presentation that includes actually demonstrating the hands-on steps required to accomplish a task or process. This most often includes the use of physical objects and actual doing or showing. At the end of the Demonstration there should be something of a "finished product". Demonstrations may also include the use of supporting visuals like posters, charts or technology-based options like presentation software (i.e. MS PowerPoint, KeyNote, Google Slides). However, the focus of the Demonstration should be on the "doing", not the supporting visuals. Presentations may be an individual or team. Individual presentations shall not exceed 15 minutes in length and team presentations should not exceed 25 minutes in length.
- Livestock Demonstrations include: Beef, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Llama - Alpaca, Meat Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep and Swine and must include a live animal in the demonstration.. Other demonstrations involving animals can be entered under the demonstration category.
Presentations and Speeches:
- Presentations & Speeches are oral presentations that present an idea, concept, viewpoint or experience in an educational or informative format (not for entertainment or performative purposes). Presentations & Speeches often consist of interaction with supporting visual aids like posters, charts or technology-based options like presentation software (i.e. MS PowerPoint, KeyNote, Google Slides). Supporting visuals may include tangible items, but generally little or no activity takes place with the item. Presentations & Speeches may be an individual or team. Individual presentations shall not exceed 15 minutes in length and team presentations should not exceed 25 minutes in length.
- Interactive Demonstrations are oral presentations that are continuous and include hands-on audience interaction/participation. Adequate supplies should be provided by the presenters so that all present can participate in the activity. Interactive Demonstrations may be an individual or team. Interactive Demonstrations are approximately 25-30 minutes in length but for both individual or team. Involving the audience in the process is the primary focus of Interactive Demonstrations and constitutes a major portion of the evaluation results.
- Teaching others a project or activity such as taekwondo, making lemonade, slime, macrame, etc.
- Livestock Demonstrations:
- Demonstrate how to care for an animal or prepare it for showing at the fair.
- Teaching others how to tie a halter.
- A talk on preventative or veterinary care for a species.
- Demonstrate how to tattoo an animal.
- Presentations & Speeches:
- A report on leadership lessons learned through a trip to Washington DC
- An educational presentation that explores sustainable energy options
- A persuasive speech exploring Social Media effects on youth mental health.
- Interactive Demonstrations:
- An interactive presentation that teaches the public how to do something. For example, teaching the audience an origami project where they follow along with your demonstration step-by-step and create the project with you.
- An interactive yoga demonstration where you teach the audience various poses.
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