Effective communication drives all aspects of day-to-day life. Youth are to learn about the process of communications, to learn about different modes of communications and to strengthen their own communications skills. As you explore the world of communications and the manuals, you will enjoy learning more about yourself and others.

In the Indiana 4-H Youth Development program, we offer a few avenues to learn and build skills on communications with others. The following verbal communication events and activities are offered to 4-H members as a way to teach presentation and public speaking skill development. They are often used in 4-H meetings, and a county 4-H youth development program may choose to offer these as competitive events. While the interactive demonstration is a non-competitive event at the Indiana State Fair, the demonstration, informative presentation, professional persuasive presentation, public speaking, and illustrated talk are competitive events. Refer to the Indiana State Fair 4-H handbook for the date, time, and location of each event. Check with your county extension educator for information about entering these events and activities.

  • Interactive demonstration
  • Demonstration
  • Informative 4-H Presentation
  • Professional Persuasive Presentation
  • Public Speaking
  • Illustrated Talk

College Majors

  • Agricultural Communication
  • Communication (General)
  • Corporate Communication
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication
  • Public Relations and Strategic Communication


  • Writing and Mass Communication
  • Politics and Public Speaking

Project Resources

Part 1: This video is designed to help youth better understand how to develop a demonstration or speech. Part 1 focuses on selecting a topic and writing content.

​Part 2: This is the second of a two part series regarding the 4-H verbal communication events. Part 2 addresses delivery, voice, visual aids, and other presentation skills.