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Public Presentation Guidelines
Member manual #EM4787E, How to Make a 4-H Public Presentation is available in the Extension Office. Guides and score sheets are available for download by going to https://extension.wsu.edu/yakima/4-h/4-h-forms/public-presentation-demonstration-forms/.
- Title: Choose a short, interesting title that gives a hint of the subject of your demonstration but doesn’t tell the whole story.
- Introduction: A good introduction will get your audience interested in your demonstration.
- Be sure to introduce yourself.
- Tell your audience why you want to demonstrate this thing.
- Tell your audience how important it is for them to learn what you are doing and what you are going to demonstrate.
- If your method will save time and effort, explain how much time and effort can be saved.
- If your demonstration will show people a way to save money, explain how much they can save by doing it your way.
- Explain how easy it is to do it this way.
- Originality is good – use your own creativity. For example, you may want to use a question to begin your demonstration.
- Body: The body is the part of the demonstration in which you tell and show how to do something.
- Have your steps in a logical order and show all the steps as you tell and show how to do something.
- In each step tell what you are doing, how you are doing it and why you are doing it.
- Talk about what you do, rather than do what you talk about.
- Summary: In the summary, review briefly the important parts of your presentation.
- There are generally two or three main points and you can briefly summarize the details on these points. Don’t re-state your entire demonstration.
- Exhibit your finished product, if you have one.
- Have recipes, materials or plans available to hand out.
- Tell where you got your reference material and information.
- Ask for questions. For example: “This concludes my presentation. Are there any questions?” Be sure to repeat the question before answering.
- Conclusion of the question period, thank the audience for their attention.
- In a Presentation:
- Use your own words and speak clearly.
- There is no need to memorize your presentations. Cue cards with only key words may be used.
- Look at the audience and talk to them. Speak in a conversational tone.
- Let the audience see plainly every step of the demonstration. Be careful not to place things between the audience and you. Have a table beside you on which you keep extra equipment.
- Tell where you obtained your information.
- If you don’t know the answer to a question, rather than give the wrong answer, you could say that you do not know the answer, but you will try and find it.
- Charts must be neat and should be printed. Use dark lettering that is visible at 20 feet.
- Display charts only when you are talking about the subject that is on the chart.
- Dress appropriately for the task you are doing. Always be neat and clean.
- Avoid chewing gum. It is difficult to speak clearly with gum in your mouth.
- Be enthusiastic and SMILE!!