4-H Helps Children Overcome Fear of Public Speaking
Public speaking trumps even the fear of death for many of us, but learning to speak effectively in front of groups large and small is still important even in this era of texts and instant messaging. 4-H helps children overcome the sweaty palms and cold feet with its demonstration and presentation competition. As a product of growing up in 4-H, I know firsthand the many benefits gained from giving presentations on making friendship bracelets and strawberry popsicles.
Future Toastmasters braved the stage on Saturday, March 12 as New Hanover County 4-H hosted a presentation competition. Seventeen children competed with posters and props on a variety of subjects including the history of the constitution, setting up a fish tank and cooking pasta.
Barretta Smith, 4-H parent, believes 4-H presentations have helped all four of her children develop public speaking skills and confidence. Smith shares, “It is so hard to believe how far my kids have come. Bailey’s teacher said she was the only student among 65 to receive a perfect score for her presentation. I know this is because she has been involved with public speaking in 4-H. It is so important and means a lot to our family.”
The journey to public speaking success doesn’t stop here. The top two presenters from each age division/category will advance to districts at the Lenoir Community College on May 14. Representing New Hanover County will be Elena Berg, Shamrock 4-H Club; Cadence and Ryker Eder, Shamrock 4-H Club; Elizabeth Fillman, Coastal Explorers 4-H Club; Jacob and Ryan Fore, Coastal Explorers 4-H Club; Jillian Green, Shamrock 4-H Club; Ethan Johnston, 4-H Teen Council; Kendall Lewis, Trackers 4-H Club; Isabelle Mazure, Coastal Explorers 4-H Club; Anneleise Meyer, Shamrock 4-H Club; Liz Sharpe, Coastal Explorers 4-H Club, Bailey, Jerod, Jordyn and Madilyn Smith, Coastal Explorers 4-H Club; and Alydia Thomas, Shamrock 4-H Club.
I am delighted that two decades later, I am still able to be involved in this wonderful organization that helps children “make the best better.”
Leslie Dill proudly serves as New Hanover County’s 4-H Agent. She received a B.A. in animal science from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in agriculture and extension education from N.C. State University. She can be reached at 910-798-7660 or email@example.com.
4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.