From sharing an important thought to nailing that first big job interview, public speaking skills are extremely important. Public speaking allows you to challenge yourself and succeed in developing these skills, while having fun and building friendships. Though public speaking is among the most common fears, every 4-H member should learn this skill. Benefits will last a lifetime!

Resources for all levels



PS242 Public Speaking

  • Learn how to prepare and deliver speeches in front of crowds with confidence
  • Explore how the pros build this skill
  • Learn to handle various speaking situations
  • Deliver different types of speeches, and resolve problems you may experience along the way


State 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Youth compete in a communication category of their choice, alongside other Juniors (ages 8-10), Intermediates (ages 11-13) or Seniors (ages 14-18) in their age division.


State Fair

4-H exhibits and competitions are part of the fun of the Missouri State Fair. You won't want to miss this special event; visit the 4-H building to see the projects of our 4-H youth or catch the judging competitions. Whatever your niche, there is something for everyone. Bring the family! The Missouri State Fair is located at the intersection of Highways 50 and 65, and less than 20 miles south of I-70, Sedalia is roughly an hour from Kansas City, Columbia and Jefferson City.