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4-H Verbal Communications Skills

November 22, 2017

Verbal Communications  

Effective communications 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.

In the Indiana 4-H Youth Development program, we offer a few avenues to learn and build skills on communications with others. The following verbal communication events and activities are offered to 4-H members as a way to teach presentation and public speaking skill development. They are often used in 4-H meetings, and a county 4-H youth development program may choose to offer these as competitive events. While the interactive demonstration is a non-competitive event at the Indiana State Fair, the demonstration, informative presentation, professional persuasive presentation, public speaking, and illustrated talk are competitive events. Refer to the Indiana State Fair 4-H handbook for the date, time, and location of each event. Check with your county extension educator for information about entering these events and activities.

♣  Interactive demonstration
♣  Demonstration
♣  Informative 4-H Presentation
♣  Professional Persuasive Presentation
♣  Public Speaking
♣  Illustrated Talk

Interactive Demonstration

♦  Any 4-H member may participate in the Interactive Demonstration.

♦  This is designed for the novice person, and the topic can be related to any
    4-H project. The 4-H member will provide a short demonstration of no more
    than 3 minutes that will actively engage members of the audience in a how-to-do
    skill development.

♦  Examples include, but are not limited to, how to use a measuring cup, how to use
    a ruler, how to knead dough, how to clean grooming clippers, how to crop a
    photo, etc.

♦  Props are permitted.

♦  Live animals and PowerPoint displays are not permitted.

♦  Although participants will not be judged, an adult will watch the 4-H member’s
    interactive demonstration and will provide feedback to the member.

♦  The 4-H member will continually repeat their how-to interactive demonstration
    for the designated time period, typically 45-60 minutes.

Demonstration

• Any 4-H member in grades 6-12 may participate in the Indiana State Fair
   demonstration contest.

• This contest allows the 4-H member to show the audience step-by-step
   procedures how to do something related to any project. Examples of a
   demonstration include how to take a prize winning photograph, how to give
   an intramuscular antibiotic injection or shot, how to design a mini-barn blueprint,
   how to construct a garment, how to develop a wildlife rehabilitation plan, how to
   treat a cat for fleas, etc.

• Members may use a PowerPoint, Prezi, or other digital presentation, signs, and
   other props that will enhance their presentation when giving their how-to
   demonstration to the audience from a stage or stage-like setting.

• If digital media will be used to enhance the presentation, contestants are
   encouraged to provide their own laptop computer. If the laptop is not equipped
   with a standard VGA external video connection, the contestant will need to supply
   an appropriate adapter. While a standard PC laptop will be available, the quality
   and compatibility of the digital media cannot be guaranteed as PowerPoint will be
   the only digital media available.

• Live animals are not permitted.

• There is no interaction with the audience.

• Junior members (grades 6-8) have 5-7 minutes to present their
   demonstration, while senior members (grades 9-12) will present their
   demonstration in 5-10 minutes.

• Questions may be asked of the contestants by the judges following
   the demonstration.

• Categories will be Junior Individual, Senior Individual, Junior Team,
   and Senior Team.

• The team category is for two (2) people and will be determined by the
   highest grade level of any member of that team. If a team is awarded
   the State Fair Achievement Trip, only those team members who are 14
   years of age or older as of January 1 will be permitted to attend the trip. 
   Those members of the winning team who are younger than 14 years of
   age will not be able to compete in a team demonstration in future years.

• The State Fair Achievement Trip may be awarded by the judges to a maximum
   of the top three (3) blue merit senior individual members and top (1) blue merit
   senior team at the discretion of the judges. Trip winners must be of blue merit
   quality.

•  A county may have no more than three (3) entries in each of these categories.

Informative 4-H Presentation

• Any 4-H member in grades 6-12 may participate in the Indiana State Fair
   informative presentation contest.

• This contest allows the 4-H member to present a topic of their choice related
   to a 4-H event, project, or activity to the audience.

• Examples of an informative 4-H presentation include the benefits of attending
   4-H Round-Up, State 4-H Junior Leader Conference, Science Workshops, or
   Citizenship Washington Focus; the impact of a community service project on the
   4-H members involved and their community; why a family should enroll their
   children in 4-H; how 4-H prepares a young person for the workforce or college,
   etc.

• Members may use a PowerPoint, Prezi, or other digital presentation, signs, and
   other props that will enhance their presentation when giving it to the audience
   from a stage or stage-like setting. If digital media will be used to enhance the
   presentation, contestants are encouraged to provide their own laptop computer.
   If the laptop is not equipped with a standard VGA external video connection, the
   contestant will need to supply an appropriate adapter. While a standard PC laptop
   will be available, the quality and compatibility of the digital media cannot be
   guaranteed as PowerPoint will be the only digital media available.

• Live animals are not permitted.

• There is no interaction with the audience.

• Junior members (grades 6-8) have 5-7 minutes to present their informative
   presentation, while senior members (grades 9-12) will present their informative
   presentation in 5-10 minutes.

• Questions may be asked of the contestants by the judges following the informative
   4-H presentation.

Categories will be Junior Individual, and Senior Individual. 

• The team category is for two (2) people and will be determined by the highest
   grade level of any member of that team. If a team is awarded the State Fair
   Achievement Trip, only those team members who are 14 years of age or older
   as of January 1 will be permitted to attend the trip. Those members of the winning
   team who are younger than 14 years of age will not be able to compete in a team
   informative presentation in future years.

• The State Fair Achievement Trip may be awarded by the judges to a maximum
   of the top three (3) blue merit senior individual members at the discretion of the judges. 
   Trip winners must be of blue merit quality.

•  A county may have no more than three (3) entries in each of the categories.

Professional Persuasive Presentation

♥  Any 4-H member in grades 6-12 may participate in the Indiana State Fair
    professional presentation contest.

♥  Contestants will be required to research a public issue in their community,
    collect data showing how this issue is or could affect their community,
    formulate a plan to address this issue, and present it in a professional manner
    using electronic digital media such as PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.

♥  Contestants are to submit three (3) sets of accompanying handouts at registration.
    These handouts should not just be a copy of the presentation, but are to include
    supporting documentation (graphs, charts) photos, etc.) and will be provided to
    the judges.

♥  It is suggested that youth practice by presenting their professional
    presentation to service clubs, 4-H council or fair board, government officials,
    or other boards. Examples of public issues could be the lack of accessibility to
    trails or public parks, congested traffic locations, public health issues,
    impoverished neighborhoods, school dropout rates, the size of farm machinery
    outgrowing the size of roads, etc.

♥  Members must use a PowerPoint, Prezi, or other digital media presentation
    when giving it to the audience from a stage or stage-like setting. Other props
    may be used to enhance the presentation but are not required.

♥  Live animals are not permitted.

♥  There is no interaction with the audience.

♥  Junior members (grades 6-8) and senior members (grades 9-12) will present
    their professional presentation in 5-10 minutes.

♥  Questions may be asked by the judges following the professional presentation.

♥  Categories will be Junior Individual, Senior Individual, Junior Team, and Senior Team.
    The team category is for two (2) people and will be determined by the highest grade level
    of any member of that team.  If a team is awarded the State Fair Achievement Trip, only
    those team members who are 14 years of age or older as of January 1 will be permitted to 
    attend the trip. Those members of the winning team who are younger than 14 years of age
    will not be able to compete in a team informative presentation in future years.

♥  Contestants are encouraged to provide their own laptop computer. If the laptop
    is not equipped with a standard VGA external video connection, the contestant
    will need to supply an appropriate adapter. While a standard PC laptop will be
    available, the quality and compatibility of the digital media cannot be guaranteed
    as PowerPoint will be the only digital media available. A wireless internet
    connection will be available.

♥  The State Fair Achievement Trip may be awarded by the judges to a maximum
    of the top three (3) blue merit senior individual members and top blue merit senior team
    at the discretion of the judges.  Trip winners must be of blue merit quality.

♥  A county may have no more than three (3) entries in each of the categories.

Public Speaking

• Any 4-H member in grades 6-12 may participate in the Indiana State Fair public
   speaking contest.

• This contest allows the 4-H member to give their prepared speech to an audience
   from a stage or stage-like setting.

• There is no interaction with the audience.

• Props, signs, and PowerPoint presentations are not permitted.

• The topic can be of the 4-H member’s choice and but must be related to 4-H. 

• Junior members (grades 6-8) have 3-5 minutes to give their speech while senior
   members (grades 9-12) will give their speech in 5-7 minutes.

• Questions may be asked by the judges following the speech.

• The State Fair Achievement Trip may be awarded by the judges to a maximum
   of the top three (3) blue merit senior individual members at the discretion of the
   judges. Trip winners must be of blue merit quality.

• A county may have no more than three (3) entries in each category.


Illustrated Talk

• An illustrated talk is offered at the Indiana State Fair in poultry and rabbits.

• All participants must complete the Indiana State Fair Rabbit or Poultry entry
   form. This completed form is to be submitted to the rabbit or poultry barn
   office, respective to the contest, at check-in. There is no Indiana State Fair
   entry fee for this event.

• Categories will be Novice (grades 3-4), Junior (grades 5-6), Intermediate
   (grades 7-8), Senior (grades 9-10), and Master (grades 11-12).

• An illustrated talk is for any 4-H member and allows the member to present
   a 5-7 minute speech to the audience on a topic related to that project while
   using props and/or a PowerPoint, Prezi, or other digital presentation.

• There is no interaction with the audience. 

• Check the Indiana State Fair 4-H Premium book for the time, date, and location
   of this event.

• Entries will be accepted through the county Purdue Extension office or on-site
   at the poultry or rabbit show for the respective event. 

• Live animals that would be eligible to show in that project may be used in the
   illustrated talk.

• The State Fair Achievement Trip may be awarded by the judges to a maximum
   of the top two (2) blue merit Masters Category rabbit members and poultry
   members at the discretion of the judges. Trip winners must be of blue merit
   quality.

 

 

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