4-H Speak Out Night
Did you know that 74% of people have a fear of public speaking? In fact, public speaking or Glossophobia is the number one fear among people, but for a small group of people who gathered from a tri-county area including Dauphin, Perry, and Cumberland counties, 4-H’ers had a chance to conquer that fear!
Participants could choose their poison – prepared speeches, demonstrations, impromptu speeches, radio spot, pledge presentations, and PowerPoint presentations. I personally decided to do a demonstration on back-yard gardening. My younger sister Madison decided to throw her hat into the ring with a demonstration on rabbit showmanship. We watched a variety of speeches on varying topics including the Civil War, Triple Crown winning horses, Man’s Best Friend – the dog, Pink Slime, GMO’s, Solar Power, and more. One by one, each participant took the floor, collected their nerves, and delivered their speech. The world didn’t end and they all were awarded a blue merit for their participation.
It just went to show how 4-H offers so much to so many. It offers life skills beyond measure. It isn’t just about the project or the blue ribbon they are receiving, it’s about much more than that. Its helping them prepare for the future, giving them that confidence to rise above the fear, and providing them with a tool that over 74% of the population is lacking; pretty impressive if you ask me!
|Dauphin County Participants|