Remember “Show & Tell” from Elementary School? Well, 4-H Presentations are much like “Show & Tell” basically a presentation is when the demonstrator (you), shows and tells how to make something or how to do something.
You can also give an illustrated talk, which is presenting an idea, giving information telling how to do or make something without actually showing how. In most presentations there may be a combination of demonstrating and illustrating your topic.
WHERE TO START
- Select a topic you know something about and one that lends itself to showing “How to…” For example “How to correctly measure flour”.
- Prepare a brief outline. Every 4-H presentation has three main parts—and introduction, a body and a summary. The Introduction should attract attention by telling your audience what you are going to do and it should convince them you know what your are doing.
The Body is where you go through the “How to” steps. List the steps so your audience clearly understands what you are doing. The Summary tells your audience again what you have just done, by reviewing the main steps. Finish with a statement like “I hope you will try this new recipe”. Once your outline is complete, you can plan in more detail what you plan to say.
Gather the equipment you will be using. If you are showing how to wash a dog, gather a hose, buckets, shampoo, brushes and towels. Whatever you need to complete this task.
Make charts, posters or use power point slides to help illustrate your main points. Keep them brief, you only need to include key points. Posters need to be on sturdy mat board and with printing large enough for audience members in the back of the room to see. Keep them simple and clear.
Write your script. Now you need to fill-in your outline with the details.
Practice your presentation in front of your family or your club to get their reaction. They can help you polish your presentation so that it is clearly understood by the audience. This is called polishing your presentation.
Practice, practice and practice some more! You should now be prepared and ready to do your best!
For more information on how to prepare your presentation, please contact the extension office and/or visit the following website at http://4h.unl.edu/programs/communication