University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program

Public Speaking

Public speaking skills are ranked number one among the desired skill sets of professionals.

4-H Presentation Day
Every 4-H member is encouraged to give a presentation each year.

4-H members practice by giving talks to project groups and at community club meetings, sharing information about the skills they learned in a project, and observing other people giving presentations.





4-H presentation in clubs
4-H Presentations help youth develop life skills.

To prepare for a 4-H Presentation, youth learn how to:

  • Research a subject
  • Organize ideas in a logical order
  • Share knowledge with others
  • Create and use graphics to support their presentation

When youth teach project skills in a presentation format, it demonstrates advanced skills and a deeper understanding of what was learned.


Types of Presentations

There are many different types of presentations, ranging from demonstrations to audio-visual to problem solving. Various presentation styles require similar skills, but are designed to meet the interests and age-appropriate levels of the member. 


Impromptu Speech

Illustrated Talk

Interpretive Reading

Educational Display Talk

Share the 4-H Fun Skits

Persuasive Prepared Speech

Cultural Arts

Informative Prepared Speech

Science or Engineering Presentation

These are examples of different types of presentations. 







4-H Presentation Manual

4-H Presentation Manual - Revised October 2016

Event Coordinators: Please use the Presentation Manual as a guide for planning your events, and ensure that all Evaluators review the Presentation Manual before your event.

Contest Participants: Please refer to the Presentation Manual as a guide when planning your presentation for competition.
Please direct questions to Alyssa Sankey, State 4-H Program Representative, at or (530) 750-1340.

4-H Presentation Day Competitions

Each county holds a Presentation Day, where winners advance to the Area competition. Winners from the Area competitions compete at the State Presentation Day, which is held at State Field Day. Youth compete by age group: junior, intermediate, and senior.


Area Presentation Days


More details about each of these events will be posted in the Calendar as they are scheduled.

Northern Area

Central Area

Bay/Coast Area

Southern Area - April 1, 2017

Do you know your Area? Find your county on the Map of Areas.

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