Public Speaking

Does the thought of speaking in front of large groups make you nervous? Do you want to learn how to be a better speaker? Overcome fear of crowds and improve your presentation skills in the public speaking project! You’ll learn how to prepare with research, organization, and then present on any given topic. By the end of this project, you will be able to speak on fascinating topics with style and poise.

Individuals will present a 5 to 7 minute talk suitable as a platform speech or radio broadcast. The presentation should serve to persuade others regarding a particular issue or concern. Props and visual aids are not permitted and recordings of any type may not be used. Contestants should be prepared to answer questions concerning the subject matter of their presentation.

Suggested presentation topics include current events, youth issues, or other topics related to youth. Topic resources include print media (e.g. newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals), broadcast media (e.g. television, cable, radio), and e-media (email, internet, websites).


Texas 4-H Public Speaking Explore Guide

Public Speaking 4-H Style


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