4-H Presentations

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What is a 4-H presentation?

A presentation is a method used to communicate an idea by showing and/or telling. It can be a demonstration that uses posters and other visual aides or an illustrated talk that uses posters and other visual aids.

4-H Presentations help you learn to:

  • Research a subject
  • Critically think about and analyze a subject
  • Organize ideas in a logical order
  • Be a teacher and share information
  • Practice and develop Public speaking skills

(Choose a topic you really enjoy!)

Your presentation can come from many different sources. Try to ask yourself, what do you love to do or what excites you? What are your hobbies, do you like to dance, draw, or work with electricity, whatever you enjoy doing and learning about can be turned into a presentation.

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….?
      • “Why is that information important to me?”
  • Summary & Conclusion
    • Re-tell your information and sum it up!
    • Be sure to ask the judges if they have any questions
    • Make an ending statement-connect this to your attention getter
    • Resources

Elements of Public speaking

  • Eye contact
  • Gestures
  • Language
  • Posture
  • Voice
  • Appearance
  • Visual Aids
  • Handling questions
  • Handling distractions


  • Visibility: easy to read
  • Simplicity: message is easy to understand
  • Interest: attracts & holds attention
  • Useful: words, lettering, pictures are suitable for audiences
  • Structure: ideas are grouped in sequential order
  • Information: is factual reliable and is current

General Rules

  • Age eligibility is established on January 1st of the current year
  • Divisions are 9-10, 11-13, and 14-18
  • Cloverbuds (5-8 year olds) can participate but are not judged.
  • Presentations are recommended to be 5 to 12 minutes in length.
  • Each county may enter 2 presentations per age category for district.
  • No Live Animals
  • No REAL or PLAY handgun/firearms/weapons are allowed to be used during presentations
    • NCGS 14-269.2 Class 1 Felony
    • School suspension
  • No swords/knives/bows & arrows, etc.
  • Food Categories/9-10 & 11-13 Presenters in Breads, Dairy Foods, Fruit & Veg. Use, and Peanut Foods will be asked to demonstrate a mastery of preparation steps.
    • NOTE: each category has basic ingredient requirements
      • 14-18 are not required to prepare a dish. Depth of knowledge is stressed
  • The same presentation may be repeated from one year to the next, however, the individual’s personal development should show growth if the presentation is revised and improved.
  • 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. (the speaker should keep note cards to a minimum)
  • Posters should be pulled from back to front.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Questions-Only Judges are allowed to ask questions
    • Youth may opt to repeat the question, or include the question in their answer but this is NOT required
    • You have given an acceptable response when you admit you are unable to answer the question.

Here is a format to help develop your presentation: Planning-Sheet-for-youth

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Original article provided by Summer Young, Wayne County CES :  https://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu/?page_id=155888

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Photo of Lauren DailLauren DailExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (252) 902-1712 lsdail2@ncsu.eduPitt County, North Carolina
Updated on May 31, 2017
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