Scared, nervous, excited and anxious. These are a few of the feelings I felt the first time I did 4-H public speaking.
Wow! I am glad I conquered my fears and participated not only once, but twice in the 4-H public speaking event.
In fourth grade, I had my first opportunity to participate in a public speaking contest. I chose to write about my favor- ite sport, softball. First, I won in my classroom, then I won in my school, and after that I won in my county. Lastly, I went
to sub-regionals and placed second.
The competition was fierce. I had so much fun participating in this event in fourth grade, I couldn’t wait for my opportu- nity to participate again in the fifth grade. This time, I spoke about my role model, Coach Scarlet McSwain. The same sequence of events took place my second time around, but this time, I ended up placing first in sub-regionals. After all those feelings of being nervous and anxious, I was so thrilled with the outcome I had.
I had such a great experi- ence, and have learned to overcome my fears of standing in front of a crowd and have become confident in my public speaking ability.
A few of the most valuable lessons I learned that will help me in the future, are how to be a problem solver when mistakes are made while speaking in front of a crowd, the importance of memorizing my speech, and how to pace myself when talking aloud.
I want to encourage everyone to participate in the 4-H public speaking contest, because talking in front of crowds could help you during different
aspects of your life. Doing the 4-H public speaking contest when you’re young, could also
help you get all your nerves out for when you speak in front of crowds when you’re older.