Public Presentations

By definition a presentation is an activity in which someone shows, describes, or explains something to a group of people. A presentation is a way for you to share and teach information you have learned that will be useful to others. Any time you learn something and show and tell it to another person, you are giving a presentation.

Speaking face-to-face is one of the oldest forms of communication, and still the most effective. The listener hears your words, but more than that, they watch your face and your hands. They catch your enthusiasm, or your concern. It is a warm, personal way of communicating.

No matter what 4-H project you are enrolled in, you can give a presentation. Every 4-H member should give at least one presentation per year. Giving presentations is an important part of a member’s 4-H experience. Read more in the Public Presentations Guidelines.

The Public Presentations contest is one of many in South Dakota. Youth can do a demonstration, an illustrated talk, a “project why”, or public speaking. More information can be found in the Public Presentations Guidelines.

The 2017 Yankton County Public Presentations contest is July 7th, starting at 5 p.m., at the Yankton County Extension Office. To sign up for the Yankton County Public Presentations contest fill out the 2017 public presentation signup and return it to the Extension Office by June 3000.

To compete in the Public Presentations contest at the SD State Fair, check out the 2015 Public Presentations Contestant Packet (last year’s document).

Read more about the importance of public speaking at

For Score Sheets, visit:

Demonstration Score Sheet

Illustrated Talk Score Sheet

Public Speaking Score Sheet

Project Why Score Sheet

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