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.


Read more about the importance of public speaking at

2018 public presentation signup

For Score Sheets, visit:

Demonstration Score Sheet

Illustrated Talk Score Sheet

Public Speaking Score Sheet

Project Why Score Sheet

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