THE Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) members participated in the 2021 Public Speaking Finals at Magherafelt High School on October 28.
The Public Speaking event saw members competing in the County heats then progressing onto the finals. The competition sought to find the best public speakers among the YFCU members in Northern Ireland.
The finals consisted of a prepared and impromptu section for each age group. The competitors delivered a pre-prepared and impromptu speech chosen from a specified list of topics.
The prepared topics included: Staycation or Vacation?, If I could interview anyone alive or dead it would be, University should be free, Lessons learnt from Covid, Are we taking climate change seriously?, Social media is having a negative impact on people’s mental wellbeing, The future of Auctioneering – is it in the ring or online, Great Leader(s), Farming has to change to meet new market demands, and My favourite school subject.
The final impromptu topics were My role model, Things you can’t learn at school, Rural life is better than urban life and My biggest concern for the future.
The judges at the final listened intently to over 100 speeches, and these were assessed according to platform manner, voice production, content and marshalling of facts. The judges were thoroughly impressed by a range of varied and entertaining speeches, thus having a difficult task due to the high standard presented.
n The YFCU would like to thank the sponsor NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, the chairs, judges and trainers who helped throughout the competition and finally the YFCU members who took part.