By Becky Bennett
As the 2011 calendar year comes to an end, 4-H members are just getting warmed up. Each member is planning and preparing for the project goals they have set for themselves this year. Project goals are what a 4-H member decides to work toward during the year, based on interests and community involvement.
During the spring, each member has the option to present what they’ve learned to their peers in both competitive and non-competitive events. Some choose to do a demonstrative or illustrative talk during County and District Events. These talks are a show and tell, and are related to the project the members are enrolled in. Have you ever shown anyone how to tie a knot, lay out a pattern, or identify insects? If so, you have given a demonstration. Members usually show and tell about something they enjoy doing in their project.
For example, a member could talk about what it is like to raise a steer – some of the positive experiences as well as what they have learned. These talks are usually 3 to 7 minutes long and give members an opportunity to gain valuable experience in public speaking. Having members do a demonstration at the club level is a great experience for them before going to County Events. This is a good way for members to give others in their club first- hand experience as to what their project is all about. It also allows members to gain feedback from their peers and leaders.
With the dawn of a new year approaching and those dreaded “New Year’s Resolutions” looming on the horizon, take a page from a 4-Her’s handbook on how to reach your goals and have fun in the process! Here are some suggestions:
• Adopt goals and suggest ways to reach them.
• Have a trusted friend or family member suggest ways to improve.
• Set milestone dates for those small accomplishments your reach along the way to achieving your ultimate goals.
• Make a tentative schedule for achieving your goals. Don’t worry if you stray from the schedule…that’s why it’s tentative!
• Set tentative plans to meet with a friend or family member to go over where you are at reaching your goal. This will make you take responsibility and be held accountable.
• Teach others about what you are doing.
• Celebrate your accomplishments!
Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season and a blessed and happy New Year!
Becky V. Bennett
4-H Youth Development Agent
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