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Maine 4-H Public Speaking

For many of our 4-Hers, the first months of each new year are dedicated to preparing their 4-H public speaking presentations. March and April will see them getting up and sharing their interests and know-how at Club, School, County, and State 4-H Public Speaking Tournaments. For them, it’s time to get up in front of family, friends, their club, and community and give their 4-H demonstration or illustrated talk!

For some of us, that can sound a little scary, even if we have been getting up in front of people and talking or presenting for quite a long time. Did you know that the average person spends up to 50% of their waking time either speaking or listening? 70% of American adults say they fear public speaking. These adults also report fearing public speaking (41%) more than death (18%).

4-H Public Speaking and NASA

4-H alumni who participated in 4-H Public Speaking when they were younger, come back to tell us that this was their most important 4-H life skill that they learned. Don’t worry; YOU can learn public speaking skills very easily. Just like any other skill, the more you work at it, the better you will become!

The 4-H Public Speaking website includes many resources, both video and print, to help you understand how demonstrations and illustrated talks differ from one another, how to create a presentation of your own, and how to help evaluate the presentations of other 4-H youth. Take some time to explore the links at the top of this page! You will find valuable suggestions for helping you, your 4-H youth, or your school group decide on a topic, prepare a presentation, and have the courage to get up there and do it!

For more information on 4-H Public Speaking, including guidelines and evaluation sheets, upcoming event information, resources to assist you in planning your demonstration or illustrated talk, contact Barbara Baker at 207.942.7396 or You may also contact your local UMaine Extension county office for information about 4-H Public Speaking in your county.

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