Well, I thought my previous article in November would be my last one – it turns out I was asked to do one more, as the new club reporter would either be just elected and possibly not ready to write an article yet, or not yet elected, depending on how our first meeting of the year goes on January 9th, 2019.
We are already looking forward towards February, when our club will do Club Communications. This means each Junior and Senior will either do an educational display, a speak and show, a demonstration, or a speech.
An educational display is the only communication option that has no speaking required. The member prepares a board on a topic of their choosing, and displays it for the judges and audience. It is supposed to be informative, but simple, getting the message across to the reader in only 1-3 minutes. Members who are nervous about public speaking like this option, but there is a badge that is earned for each type of communications, so it is good to at least try the others out.
A speak and show is done by one member. It is a little bit like show and tell. Juniors have to speak about a topic and usual visuals, for 5-10 minutes. Senior members must talk for 10-20 minutes! This is before the question and answer period. If you talk for too long, or not long enough, you are docked some points.
A demonstration is just like a speak and show, except two members must work and present together. If one member is a senior and one is a junior, it is considered a senior demonstration. Both junior and senior demonstrations should be 8-10 minutes long, or points can be lost. Visual displays of what you are talking about are important.
A speech is done by one member, without any visual aids. Basically, you just talk! For juniors, you must talk for 3-5 minutes. Seniors must talk for 5-7 minutes – and they have to do an impromptu speech! This means after their practiced speech, they are given a surprise topic, and one minute to think about it. Then, they have to present a 1-2 minute speech about that topic!
Lots of kids get nervous about communications, but it is a good life skill. It is really good to try not to be nervous so you can do your best – it is all over pretty quickly, just remember that!
After club communications, the first and second place winners will go on to District Communications. After that, those winners will go on to Regionals, and those winners go on to provincials.
We did some riding over the Christmas break, on warm days and when there wasn’t too much ice. I am looking forward to the 2019 4-H year. This should be my final article, unless something comes up again. I wish you all the best in 2019!