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North Carolina 4-H Presentation Guidelines: 4-H Public Speaking Rules and Regulations

Public speaking is something that every 4-H member must learn at some point during their 4-H Career and or their life. Learning to be a good speaker is something that will be useful throughout a 4-H member’s lifetime. Good public speakers are made, not born. Everyone can do it. A big part of a 4-H’ers career is learning those public speaking life skills.

Goals are to:

  • Develop skills for communications about issues that are real in life
  • Learn how to organize a speech
  • Learn how to prepare a speech
  • Learn how to present themselves to other people
  • Develop Self-Confidence


  • Each participant must be a registered 4-H member.
  • They must be active in 4-HOnline.
  • Each county will be able to enter 2 per age per category.


  • The speech can pertain to any area that a 4-H’er desires as long as it is 4-H appropriate. Should a topic be considered controversial, talk with the 4-H leader and Agent when appropriate before the contest.
  • Notecards containing keyword outlines are permitted.
  • No visual aids or posters are allowed.
  • Judges are not allowed to ask questions.

Age Categories:

  • 8-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-18
  • Age is determined as of January 1st of the current year

Time Limit:

  • 5-7 Minutes

Dress Code:

Professional dress attire is appropriate for the Public Speaking Category