If you were to survey a room of adults about what their biggest fear is, chances are good that public speaking or presenting in front of a group would be high on that list. So how do we conquer this widespread fear of public speaking? Start embracing it at a young age!
This Saturday, 4-H members as young as 5 years old will participate in “4-H Club Day”, an annual event where youth are challenged to present and perform for a judge and public audience. 4-H’ers have been practicing in front of parents, friends, and for their local 4-H clubs in preparation for this event. On Saturday, they will put their skills to the test.
Presentations such as talks, demonstrations, speeches, skits, music, and dance are judged and awarded ribbons. This year 4-H’ers from Harvey, Marion and McPherson Counties are coming together to combine resources and create a “Multi-County Club Day”. From Tae Kwan Do to saxophone solos, interpretive dances, and even impromptu speaking, 4-h’ers will demonstrate their many talents and abilities.
4-H communication opportunities like Club Day help young people grow their public speaking, personal expression, interactive and professional correspondence skills. According to the 2016 survey of Kansas 4-H youth, participants in their third or more year in 4-H reported a 60% increase in their confidence in public speaking compared to newer participants.
If you stop by Chisholm Middle School this Saturday you will see a yard sign outside that reads “Confidence Grows Here”, and inside you will witness just that. 4-H Club Day gives participants an opportunity to tell others about their 4-H projects and demonstrate their abilities, and build confidence. The public is invited to come, watch and learn more about our 4-H Youth Development Program. Invite friends and family to attend the 2017 4-H Club Day this Saturday!