Public Speaking 2020 VIRTUAL STYLE!

April 2020

Everything about Public Speaking on the County Level is virtual this year! We are excited to still be able to offer these options for you as we are navigating through COVID-19

Save the Date! Public Speaking Workshop

Extension Educator, Tammy Stuhr will be hosting a Zoom Public Speaking workshop for those interested!


- After you register, an email will be sent to you. That is how you will connect to the class on the night of the workshop.

WHO: Any Registered 4-H Member who wants to learn how to effectively write a 4-H Speech. (8-18)

WHEN: 7 PM, on APRIL 7th, 2020.


1. You will have from now to midnight on April 28, 2020, to submit your video of your speech or your PSA to qualify for the contest.

2. Upload your speech video to YouTube and then email Deb the link. Deb's email is

3. Click Here for a video crash course on YouTube and how to upload yourself in order to submit it correctly.

4. In your email to Deb, please include your name, age, and what division you are entering. (look below for details)

5. If you are submitting a PSA, you can send your PSA directly to

6. Save your PSA file as 2020PSA Last name, First Name.

7. We will have a LIVE Facebook Awards Ceremony on the evening of April 30, 2020, at 7 PM.

2020 Public Speaking Contest RULES

There will no longer be a district speech contest at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May. The top 5 qualifiers in each division will now be able to compete in a Speech Contest during our PASE/LIFE CHALLENGE contest in June. More details to follow soon!


All speeches must be original and include 4-H as the major component of the speech. • Many speakers in the Public Speaking Contest have given speeches in other contests. This is fine; however previous speeches may not be used verbatim for the 4-H contest. It is okay to use the same ideas from a speech previously delivered in competition, but it must be 4-H related. Enough changes should be made to make that speech new to the speaker and the audience. 4-H public speakers may not use an old speech written by a sibling, other 4-H members, or anyone else. • Acknowledge the source of information used in the speech. For example, an article from a magazine may be used for reference but should not be quoted directly unless you tell the audience your source. • Use of visual aids and props are not allowed • Dress appropriately. Do not wear costumes or special effects clothing. • No team speeches are allowed.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA) All PSA’s are 60 seconds in length. • The state theme for the 2020 Public Service Announcement is “Inspire Kids to Do” and should be incorporated in the PSA. • All radio PSA’s must promote 4-H and be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at any time of the year. • All 4-H PSA’s must include the following tag line within the last ten seconds of the PSA: “Learn more about Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at” The tag line is included in the 60 second time limit. The tagline Know-How, Know Now should not be used. • Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used. • All PSA’s must be the original work of the presenter. Contestants may not use PSA’s written and provided by the state or national staff. • No team PSA’s are allowed. • Radio PSA’s will be submitted electronically as a .wav or mp3 format along with 1 copy of the PSA text. (No CDs accepted) Award will be awarded to top purple ribbon winners in each division with the exception of Clover Kids.

4-H age divisions:

Clover Kids: ages 5-7, ½ - 2 minutes Original Speech or Any Reading (poem or story) Participation Ribbons only

Novice (first-time speaker) Novice Original: ages 8-10, 3 minutes or less Novice Reading: ages 8-10, 3 minutes or less

Junior: 8-10, 1-3 minutes Original speech related to 4-H

Intermediate: 11-13, 3-5 minutes Original speech related to 4-H

Senior: 14-18, 5-8 minutes