Public Speaking

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For many years 4-H has encouraged millions of youth around the world to become proficient at public speaking. This communication skill allows the sharing of information and enhances the potential to motivate change. Inspiring fear in both young and old, public speaking is necessary for present and future success. The younger a person begins to practice at this important skill the more comfortable and less scary it will seem.

Do you want to get the fleas off your dog, de-claw your rooster, travel back in time to visit with Annie Oakley, make a duct tape wallet, survive an apocalypse, or even make your own lip balm? Then you should have been at one of our past presentation events! This year I estimate thirty or more Lee County youth, beginning at age 5, will choose a project in horsemanship, crafting, pet care, hospitality, government and citizenship, fishing or many other options. The point is to choose an enjoyable topic and speak knowledgeably about it. They will work with their parents, club leaders, and county representatives to develop and practice a five to twelve-minute presentation or speech. In March these young people of all ages will gather at McSwain Center to practice their speeches and presentations in front of three volunteer judges. Volunteer judges are selected from the 4-H Advisory board, community partners, and individuals who have an interest in supporting local youth. You could be one of our 2019 volunteer judges. The job of our judges is to provide positive feedback to the young person, allowing them to polish their presentation and build confidence for the district competition.

Our 4-H district, South Central, covers 19 counties from Alexander to Cumberland and will host an all-day event in June in Lincoln County. We have been transporting on average ten to fifteen youth to participate in the district competitions and they come hoping to win their age and category division allowing them to compete at the State level in July.

Any youth, Kindergarten to High School can register for Lee County 4-H and participate in our county presentation event. For more information visit the Lee County website or call us at 919-775-5624.