Currituck County 4-H 2022 Public Speaking Program

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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 empowers them to achieve and succeed in any situation they encounter. More information on the benefits and importance of developing effective public speaking skills in youth can be found in this article.

Good public speakers are made – not born. Check out this homegrown 4-H National Public Speaking Champion.  

The Currituck County 4-H Public Speaking program allows youth to develop and practice these essential skills in a positive and fun learning environment under the guidance of caring volunteers and Extension Staff. In 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. All participants may compete in our District Activity Day Competition on June 17, 2022 and qualify for the NC 4-H State Public Speaking competition held on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh, NC on July 16, 2022.

Currituck County 4-H staff will host a series of open workshops each Wednesday from now until June 15, 2022 to help youth research, write and practice their presentations. These sessions will provide youth with assistance, tips and techniques, formatting, preparation, and  poise (appearance and body language). Youth will also have the opportunity to practice their presentation skills in a safe and friendly environment. No registration is required but give us a call ahead of time so we can set everything in place. If your child would like to participate in the public speaking program but cannot attend the Wednesday workshops-call the 4-H Staff and we will work with you to find a practice time. For more information on categories, rules and general information check out the 2022 contest publication

For questions or more information please contact Sherry Fischlschweiger at slfischl@ncsu.edu or by calling 252-232-2262.