Why are you here today?
• Expectations: I hope I leave here with . . .
1 Introduction to 4-H Presentations
2 Strategy – Getting Youth Involved
3 Nuts & Bolts
4 Category Specifics & Judging
Who does Are they
21st Century Skills
21st Century Skills
•Learning & Thinking Skills
•Creativity & Innovation Skills Text 4
•Information & Media Literacy Skills
•Contextual Leaning Skills
Social here Emotional Career
Your Text Your Text here
Your Text here Your Text here
Peer Individual Academic
What are some other reasons
that public speaking skills are
Getting Youth Excited & Involved
Hands-On-Fun . . . Are YOU Ready?
Four Corners – That’s Debatable
• Strongly Agree
• Strong Disagree
• Historically, totem poles were carved
to document the rights a person
acquired over their life.
• Create a Group “Totem” that
captures your individual groups
strengths and life experiences, etc.
Money. . . Money . . .Money
Rule #1: You have to spend your money on something.
Rule #2: Share with the group what you would purchase and
Topics & Speaking Rules Cards
The A, B, C’s of presenting
How to get kids started?
Red Carpet Interviews
Talking on the phone
Show & Tell
OTHERS . . . .
The Nuts & Bolts of 4-H Presentations
Everything you need to know and then some!
Types of Speeches
1st Things First
Media 4-H Projects
School Career Interest
Selecting & Developing A Topic
• Select your project: Safety
• Choose your specific topic: Seat Belts
• Decide on your purpose: to convince the audience of the need to use seat belts, how
seat belts save lives - persuade audience to use seat belts
Exercise in Selecting and Expanding Your Topic
4-H Project General Topic Area Specific Areas Breakdown of One Area
Fire Insurance Demonstrate with dummies
Camping Alcohol & Drugs Types of injuries they prevent
Children Seat belt laws
Lawn Mower Seat Belts Kinds of seat belts
Changing tires How they operate
Automobile Safety features
Poisons Air bags
Safety Animals Safe driving skills
Auto 1st Aid Kits
– Attention Getter
– Who are you and why are you here?
– What are you going to share with us today?
– What are you going to talk about . . . So what!
• Why is that information important to me?
• Summary & Conclusion
– Re-tell your information and sum it up!
– Make and ending statement – connect this to your attention getter.
– Ask if there are any questions
Elements of Public Speaking
• Eye Contact
• Gestures • Appearance
• Language • Visual aids
• Posture • Handling questions
• Voice dynamics/articulation • Handling distractions
• Visibility: easy to read • Structure: ideas a
• Simplicity: message is grouped in sequential
easy to understand order
• Interest: attracts & hold • Information: is factual,
attention reliable and is current
• Useful: words, lettering,
pictures are suitable for
Visuals Used Today Include
Rules & Regulations
Rules AREN’T Made to be broken
• Age eligibility is established on January 1st of the current
year. To participate in a Presentation competition, the
youth must be nine years of age prior to January 1st of the
current year and not have had his/her 19th birthday before
January 1st of the current year.
• Divisions are 9-10, 11-13, and 14-18
• Cloverbuds/Primary Youth (ages 5 to 8) can participate in
their club and county activity day through “Danish
• Presentations are recommended to be between 5 to 12
minutes in length. Note: Category Exceptions!
• Each county may enter two presentations per age division
• 4-H members may compete in no more than one
presentation program per year at the district and state
levels. "4-H Entertains" is not considered a presentation
• Each county is limited to two (2) "4-H Entertains" Acts at
their DAD. Not a competition – a Showcase of Talent
• ONLY the 9-10 district “GOLD medal winners are eligible
to participate in the state competition
• 11-13 & 14-18 level district Silver medal winners (runners-
up’s) are eligible to participate in the state competition.
– There will be no scholarship available for runners-up’s to
attend Congress unless the district winner decides not to
• 4-H members may continue to compete in a particular
presentation category until declared state GOLD Medal
winner in that age division.
– A GOLD medal presentation may not be presented again.
• In all levels of the the Competitive Presentation program -
a team is composed of only two individuals.
• If the team giving a presentation is composed of
individual's in two different age divisions (9-10, 11-13, 14-
18), the team must compete in the older youths age
• No live animals / insects may be used in any presentation.
• No real OR play handguns/ firearms / Weapons are
allowed to be used during presentations.
– NCGS 14-269.2 Class 1 Felony
• School Suspension
• No swords, knifes, bows & arrows, etc.
• 9-10 & 11-13 Presenters in Breads, Dairy Foods, Fruit &
Vegetable Use, and Peanut Foods will be asked to
demonstrate a mastery of preparation steps.
• Note: each category has basic ingredient requirements.
• 4-18 Presenters are not required to prepare a dish. Depth
of knowledge is stressed.
• Only youth 15-years or older are eligible to attend the
National Junior Horticulture Association Contest.
– Egg Cookery
– Peanut Foods
– Fruits & Vegetables
– Twigs (Artistic Arrangement)
– PlanIt! Green (Horticulture Production & Marketing)
– Ground Breakers & Inside Dirt (Landscaping)
• The same presentation may be repeated from one year to
the next; however, the individual's personal development
will be much greater if the presentation is revised and
• A County Winner ribbon is given to each participant.
• A ribbon, medal and certificate are awarded to the Gold
district winner. Silver & Bronze winner do not receive a
• One presentation in each category age division will be
designated as the district winner and will be eligible to
compete on the state level.
• Open Class: Only presentations that do not fit into any other
subject-matter category are allowed in this area.
• Presentation Setup: The speaker is responsible for setting
up all equipment for the presentation.
• Interruptions: The judges will determine if the participant
should begin where they left off or start anew.
• Note cards: The speaker is allowed to use note cards but
they should be used as a tool for referencing material (the
speaker should not read directly from their cards).
– The speaker should keep their note cards to a minimum.
– Only “Judges” are allowed to ask participants questions.
(Questions are not allowed in the Public Speaking category).
– Youth may opt to repeat the question, paraphrase the
question or include the question in their answer but this is
NOT a requirement.
– You have given an acceptable response when you admit you
are unable to answer the question.
2007 4-H Presentation Categories
Something for Everyone . . .
2007 Presentation Categories
The Judging Process
“Making the Best Better”
Judging 4-H Presentation
• Who are the Judges?
• Where do they come from?
• What are those judges told?
• Subjective Nature of the Process
NEW Presentation Rubrics
Defined Skill Sets Clarity of Points
What are your
Mitzi Downing, Ed.D.