4-H Presentations 2022
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What are 4-H Presentations?
4-H Presentations are a huge part of North Carolina 4-H. It is one of the most successful ways to help a young person learn how to do a public speech. It focuses on members teaching others what they know about a particular project/subject matter. They are sometimes called demonstrations or illustrated talk or formal speech.
Demonstration: DOING, SHOWING HOW, MAKING – has a finished product to show – shows how a task is done or product is made.
For example: show how to make a healthy snack using fruits and vegetables.
Illustrated Talk: TALKING, TELLING HOW, using CHARTS, PICTURES, MODELS – shares information with the help of pictures, videos, charts, models, etc.
Formal Speech: shares information on a specific topic without using any visuals, props, or materials. Sometimes this is a speech that a young person has memorized or a paper someone has written on a specific topic.
- Speaking in front of a group, doing 1 of 2 things:
- Demonstrating HOW to do something
- Educating others on a certain topic
- Can present as an individual OR a team
- Team=2 individuals only (no more)
- If team members are in two different age groups, they will present in the oldest age group
Benefits of 4-H Presentations
Teaches life skills.
- Increase public speaking skills
- Increase self-confidence
- Increase knowledge & interest in a certain subject matter
- Will help you in the long run with:
- Other clubs & projects
- College/post-secondary education
Giving a presentation is a good learning experience. You can choose a topic from any project you have taken in 4-H or currently doing. The topic should be something you enjoy, are interested in, and can be presented easily in 5 to 15 minutes. 4-Hers who do a presentation develop self-confidence, the ability to speak in front of an audience, and the ability to think ahead.
Presentation categories are listed under one of the following headings:
- Horse Public Speaking
- Livestock and Dairy Production
- Poultry Production and/or Preparation
- Small and Companion Animals
Citizenship & Civic Education
- Citizenship/Community Service – coming soon.
Communication & Expressive Arts
Family & Consumer Sciences
- Agricultural Safety and Health
- Dairy Foods
- Egg Cookery
- Fruit & Vegetable Use
- Foods & Nutrition
- Health and Fitness
- Peanut Foods
Science & Technology
Outdoor Cookery Competition
Competition categories for District Activity Days and State Finals
- Beef Grilling
- Chicken Grilling. (Changes for 2021 Competition: 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (1.5-2.0 lbs))
- Pork Grilling
- Seafood Grilling – coming soon
- Turkey Grilling – (Changes for 2021 Competition: 2 patties each 1/4 lb precook weight, using 85-90% lean ground turkey (75% by weight must be ground turkey)
The 5 P’s of 4-H Presentations
To give a good presentation there are several steps that should be taken. They are:
- Poise (Appearance)
- Choose a topic that is:
- A project learned in 4-H
- Something you do well, enjoy doing
- A subject that would be interesting to someone else
- An interesting title
- Limit your presentation to one process or main idea. Have plenty of action. Learn as many facts about your project as possible. Some sources may be:
- 4-H Leader
- 4-H Agent
- Types of Presentation (each can be individual or team)
- Illustrated Talk
- Formal Speech
- Start with a Catchy Title
- The Mane Attraction
- Berry Good Bread
- The Worth of Water
- Content of your presentation
- What are you going to talk about?
- Why is it important?
- This is the “So what?” part
- Be specific!
- Use visuals as needed
- Make a Poster if you using posters
- Use light-colored board with dark lettering
- Use contrast in words (different color and size letters)
- Don’t overcrowd the poster
- The fewer the words the better
- use the poster(s) during the presentation
- Use pictures, drawings, or clip art
- List the steps in the order they are to be shown and decide how you are going to do each step
- List the supplies needed
- Plan what you are going to tell your audience as you do each step.
- Re-Tell info
- Only hit the highlights
- Keep it to one poster or visual if possible.
- Ask judges do they have any questions
- Be sure to list all of your resources for the audience.
- Show resource if you have it there
- Put the names on the visual you are using
- Be sure to list all of your resources for the audience.
- Your summary should be a short recap of your main points or steps.
- Resources: When stating where you got your information you should not just state the internet; provide the audience with the 4-H Curriculum manuals, written resources, websites, etc you received your information from.
- When organizing your presentation, you should work from left to right, using a tray to transport your supplies is also very helpful.
- When possible, use transparent equipment such as glass bowls so the audience sees the material and the process.
- Commercial labels on products must be covered. Endorsement of any particular brand name is not permitted in a public presentation. However, if using your own container, make sure it is labeled clearly.
- Your appearance should be neat, well-groomed, and exhibit good posture.
- Keep hair off your face. If you are presenting food your hair should be tied back.
- Your voice should be clear and correct English should be used.
- Remember to smile and have FUN!
4-H Presentations 101 Handout – PDF Version
For regulations and scoresheets:
- General 4-H Presentation Score Sheet
- 4-H Public Speaking Presentation Score Sheet
- NC 4-H Horse Public Speaking Scoresheet
- NC 4-H Horse Program Presentation Scoresheet
- Beef Char-Grill Presentation Score Sheet
- Chicken BBQ Presentation Score Sheet click on the link for the different scoresheets from this page: Skills, Sensory, & Presentation
- Egg Cookery Score Sheet
- Pork Cookery Presentation Score Sheet
- Turkey BBQ Presentation Score Sheet click on the link for the different scoresheets from this page: Cookery, Sensory, & Presentation
- Cloverbud Presentation Comment Sheet
- 4-H Entertains Talent Showcase Feedback Form