MADISON CO., N.Y. — Do you hate public speaking, or wish you had learned public speaking as a kid? Learning to do public presentations is a focus of the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Program in Madison County. We feel this life skill is important because speaking in front of a group is a scary thing, yet a skill you will use often throughout your life. All 4-H members are encouraged to do presentations. Even Tess and Courtney, the 4-H Educators, have completed Public Presentations as young 4-H’ers! Horse Communications contest is another public presentation opportunity. The basic format is the same, however the topic must be horse related and some of the rules vary. 4-H’ers throughout the county can participate in regular presentations, horse communications or both.
We know that public speaking can be scary, but that is where practice makes progress… we never expect perfection! Presentations typically follow the format of: Introduction – think of a catchy way to get the audience’s attention; Body – give the audience the facts you want them to have; and Conclusion – summarize what you just told the audience.
There are four basic types of presentations:
- Illustrated Talk
- Dramatic Interpretation
Youth can choose any type of presentation, on any topic that they enjoy. We suggest going with something you really know, because that will make the presenter more comfortable when presenting! These little tips are a part of what are shared when the educators discuss Public Presentations with the youth of Madison County. Youth are encouraged to participate in Public Presentation Workshops, Club Presentations, County Presentations, and beyond! Participation in these opportunities look great on college applications and resumes. According to a study,
“Over 80% of youth interviewed agreed that they were able to apply knowledge and skills gained in public speaking, including subject matter, goal-setting, organization, communication, and working with others to school, work, and other social settings. Nearly 90% reported greater self-confidence as a result of participating.” (Silliman, 2009) These results are impressive, and the staff at CCE Madison would love to help a young person in your life learn and grow through Public Presentations.
Looking for more information? Not sure what 4-H is all about? Youth are welcome to a 4-H Explorers Club meeting the first Monday of each month at 100 Eaton Street, Morrisville, NY 13408. We would love to see you there! For more information on Madison County 4-H Youth Development, please contact Tess Southern by calling 315-684-3001, ext. 110 or emailing email@example.com.
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References: Silliman, B. (2009). Youth Views of Experiences and Benefits of Public Speaking. Journal of Youth Development, 4(2), 85-94. doi: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2009.266
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Madison County