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4-H Presentations. 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 them?. Are they important? . Presentations .

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why are you here today
Why are you here today?
  • Expectations: I hope I leave here with . . .


Introduction to 4-H Presentations


Strategy – Getting Youth Involved


Nuts & Bolts


Category Specifics & Judging


Who does them?

Are they important?



21st Century Skills

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21st Century Skills

  • Learning & Thinking Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity & Innovation Skills
  • Collaboration Skills
  • Information Skills
  • Information & Media Literacy Skills
  • Contextual Leaning Skills

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getting youth excited involved

Getting Youth Excited & Involved

Hands-On-Fun . . . Are YOU Ready?

four corners that s debatable
Four Corners – That’s Debatable
  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Strong Disagree
  • Disagree
totem truths
Totem Truths
  • 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
Money. . . Money . . .Money

Rule #1: You have to spend your money on something.

Rule #2: Share with the group what you would purchase and why.

topics speaking rules cards
Topics & Speaking Rules Cards

The A, B, C’s of presenting

how to get kids started
How to get kids started?


Party Talk

Red Carpet Interviews

Talking on the phone

Taking messages

Read aloud

Show & Tell

OTHERS . . . .

the nuts bolts of 4 h presentations

The Nuts & Bolts of 4-H Presentations

Everything you need to know and then some!






Types of Speeches


1st Things First





4-H Projects



Career Interest

selecting developing a topic
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 ProjectGeneral Topic AreaSpecific AreasBreakdown of One Area

Fire Insurance Demonstrate with dummies

Camping Alcohol & Drugs Types of injuries they prevent

Children Seat belt laws

Lawn Mower Kinds of seat belts

Changing tires How they operate

Safety features

Poisons Air bags

Animals Safe driving skills

Highway laws

Auto 1st Aid Kits

Seat Belts



basic organization
Basic Organization
  • Introduction
    • Attention Getter
    • Who are you and why are you here?
    • What are you going to share with us today?
  • Body
    • 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




Voice dynamics/articulation


Visual aids

Handling questions

Handling distractions

Elements of Public Speaking
Visibility: easy to read

Simplicity: message is easy to understand

Interest: attracts & hold attention

Useful: words, lettering, pictures are suitable for audience

Structure: ideas a grouped in sequential order

Information: is factual, reliable and is current


Slides/Interactive Screen



Visuals Used Today Include

rules regulations

Rules & Regulations

Rules AREN’T Made to be broken

general rules
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 Competition” regulations.

General Rules
general rules1
Presentations are recommended to be between 5 to 12 minutes in length. Note: Category Exceptions!

Each county may enter two presentations per age division category.

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 program.

Each county is limited to two (2) "4-H Entertains" Acts at their DAD. Not a competition – a Showcase of Talent

General Rules
general rules2
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 participate.

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.

General Rules
general rules3
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 division.

General Rules
general rules4
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.

General Rules
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Food Categories

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.

General Rules
general rules6
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)

General Rules
general rules7
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 improved.

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 certificates.

One presentation in each category age division will be designated as the district winner and will be eligible to compete on the state level.

General Rules
general rules8
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.

General Rules
general rules9

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.

General Rules
2007 4 h presentation categories

2007 4-H Presentation Categories

Something for Everyone . . .

the judging process

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

Judging 4-H Presentation
new presentation rubrics
Less Subjective NEW Presentation Rubrics

Defined Skill Sets

Clarity of Points




What are your




Mitzi Downing, Ed.D.