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.
Levels of learning
Get started with 4-H'ers in your area
- Find a club near you or contact your local 4-H office for more info.
Get started on your own
- National 4-H public speaking activity book (for sale)
- Iowa 4-H communication hot sheet (free download)
Fairs and exhibits
- Give an educational presentation, working exhibit or speech.
- Give a livestock demonstration.
- Perform in Share The Fun.
- Make a poster to demonstrate the use of visual aids.
- Construct a puppet theater and puppets.
- Prepare an exhibit describing the steps in preparing a speech.
- Write a short story. (Or a novel!)
- Make an audio file of sound effects to use with a play.
- Prepare a poster about text messaging dos and don’ts.
- Write and exhibit a collection of poems.
- What is a judge looking for? (evaluation sheet)
Some counties require record keeping for fairs.
Future study and careers
You could study communications, writing or drama to become a better public speaker.
Good communications skills across cultures is a 21st century skill - important for any career you choose. Professional communicators craft and deliver messages in art, business or politics.
Reviewed in 2018