4-H Public Speaking and Presentations – Virtual Edition

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Confident public speaking is a crucial, but often overlooked and underdeveloped skill. Developing effective communication skills and techniques provide youth with a positive sense of self and higher levels of self-confidence. This will empower them to achieve and succeed in any situation they encounter.

Good public speakers are made – not born, and the 4-H Public Speaking program allows youth to develop and practice these essential skills in a positive and fun learning environment. For this program, youth ages 8-18 research, write, practice, and deliver a 5-12 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. Youth ages 5-7 can also participate by presenting a two to four minute presentation on the subject of their choice.

This year, 4-H Presentations will be conducted virtually. Youth ages 5-18 will submit a video of their presentations to the county for review and two videos per age group (6 in total) from each presentation category will be selected to represent Currituck County at District Activity Day 2020 (Virtual). A registration must be completed for each participant and can be completed at presentationscontest2020.eventbrite.com.

We will be holding two Zoom working sessions at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8th to provide additional information on topic selection, research and preparation, video requirements and techniques, rules and guidelines, and a timeline. To join us for these sessions you must register here presentationworkshops.eventbrite.com in order to receive the link to participate. If you cannot attend these sessions or have other questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email at:  sherry_fischlschweiger@ncsu.edu 

For more information or accommodations for persons with disabilities please contact the 4-H Staff at 252-232-2262, or email slfischl@ncsu.edu no later than two business days before the event.