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4-H Youth Develop Important Communication Skills

4-H Youth Develop Important Communication Skills

4-H Youth Develop Important Communication Skills

Public speaking skills are ranked number one among the skill sets of professionals. Other guiding factors for developing public speaking skills include:

Discovering an important component of leadership development

Increasing self-esteem, self confidence, and ability to accept feedback

Expanding skills for planning, preparation and performance

The Fresno County 4-H Program encourages youth to develop and improve communication skills through the annual 4-H Presentation Day; a competition, which allows youth to share their knowledge and skills with others through public speaking and performance. Melanie Curtis encourages members to participate in any way that gets them in front of an audience, practicing their communication skills. The 2009 Presentation Day was attended by 114 youth from 16 Fresno County 4-H Clubs. Presentations ranged from informative public speeches and demonstrations to moving musical performances and entertaining plays written and performed by 4-H club members.

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