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Effective communication drives all aspects of day-to-day life. Youth are to learn about the process of communications, to learn about different modes of communications and to strengthen their own communications skills. As you explore the world of communications and the manuals, you will enjoy learning more about yourself and others. New communication modules will help members learn active listening, conflict resolution, communication with social media, and digital storytelling among other skills.

Look below in the Resource section to find guides for each of the public speaking areas.

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Enrollment in the Public Presentations project is required to exhibit in this section. Each county may submit one entry in each individual class, for a total of four entries.

Presentations may take place in “open” rooms or theaters where the general public will be moving in and out of the rooms. The only equipment provided (upon request) will be a podium, table, screen, LCD projector, and extension cord. Requested items should be noted on 4-HDMS electronic entry notes. (NOTE: This includes the brand/type of laptop that the exhibitor will be bringing so we have the appropriate adaptor for the projector.) No parents or supervising adults will be permitted in the staging areas or to assist with equipment being used in the presentation. No live animals are allowed in illustrated speeches due to restrictions on certain animals entering the fairgrounds.

50276    Formal Speech

Formal Speeches (without props, costume, or aids) must be between 4-6 minutes in length and done by an individual member. Formal speeches provide information to the audience. Note cards are not considered a prop or visual aid and are allowed in this class.

50277    Illustrated Speech

Illustrated Speeches (with any type of visual aids) must be between 4-6 minutes in length and done by an individual member.

50278    Original Works

May be done by an individual or a team of no more than three members. Member may present any type of original works (i.e. comedy, storytelling, original poetry, radio segment, etc.) Works must have been written by one of the members. Segment must be between 4-6 minutes in length. Original works presentations are designed to entertain an audience. “Costume” attire is allowed to enhance the presentation. All team members must be registered for the class via online registration. All members of a team receiving a Best in Action rating will receive a premium.

50279    Oral Interpretation

May be humorous or dramatic interpretation, oratorical declamation, prose reading or verse reading. Material may be read or memorized. May be done by an individual or a team of no more than three members. Musical presentations are not appropriate for this class. Interpretation must be between 4-6 minutes in length. “Costume” attire is allowed to enhance the presentation. All members of the team must be at least 8 years of age by 9/1/16. All team members must be registered for the class via the 4-HDMS process. All members of a team receiving a Best in Action rating will receive a premium.