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DECA Conference Tips & Tricks from Veteran Competitors

DECA Conference study and preparation Tips & Tricks from Veteran Competitors attending CTSO ICDC with judges for the first time in Atlanta Georgia 2018

Hey there DECA peeps!  Since district competitions are now in full swing, and state competitions & ICDC 2018 are right around the corner, we wanted to reach out to you, the students, to compile a list of the most helpful and effective DECA conference tips & tricks! 

 

The response on social media was incredible!  Through Instagram & Twitter, we were able to collect a whole heap of great stuff! 

Brief side note… *THANK YOU so much to everyone who contributed!!!*

Now let us just tell you, we are not talking about any old advice from just any old people.  No, no.  We are talking about DECA conference veterans, highly decorated in that beautiful competition hardware.  These strategies and techniques are coming straight from the red-hot flames of competition trials, where they have been tested and refined by the veteran competitors you see topping those podiums at each of your respective DECA conferences, who are “passing the torch” of their experience & wisdom!  And with that in mind, we present to you…

DECA Conference Tips & Tricks from Veteran Competitors!  


DECA Conference study and preparation Tips & Tricks from Veteran Competitors attending CTSO ICDC with judges for the first time in Atlanta Georgia 2018Make it easy on yourself and the judges! Preparation is key!

“If you’re doing a professional selling event download your materials beforehand because you can’t always count on the wifi. Mentally prepare; know what is going to happen when you go in for your event!”

– Taylor (NJ DECA VP of Public Relations, Instagram:@taylor_molina)

“1) If you are doing a written project, it is helpful to the judges to have a few questions already written and answered in your presentation.

“2) Present in front of your DECA class to see if they have any suggestions to change your presentation to make it better. :)”

– Margo (Cleveland High School NM DECA, Twitter:@margommaggio)

“Have a layout for different relevant topics of your presentation, but don’t write a script.  Be DECA Conference study and preparation Tips & Tricks from Veteran Competitors attending CTSO ICDC with judges for the first time in Atlanta Georgia 2018ready for questions from the judges that are going to test your in-depth knowledge of your topic.”

– Zach (Eldorado High School NM DECA Alumni, Instagram:@z_smore)

“Practice, practice, practice! If you’re going for a written, know your project inside and out. The judges can tell if you’re BS-ing.

– Katrina (Cleveland High School NM DECA VP of Finance, Instagram:@katina.carrrrr)

“Study, study, study!”

– JR (La Cueva High School NM DECA, Instagram:@decajr_2417)

“Districts is one of the best places to gain invaluable competition experience before state and ICDC! This is where many competitors will first be judged based on their penalty points, poise, preparedness, creativity, and overall communication skills. Competitors can see how their preparation resulted and then adjust before attending and competing at state competition. This will give them a chance to see what worked for them and what they can improve so that they can maximize their opportunities and bring home that #DECAglass.”

– Michael (TX DECA District 4 VP, Instagram: @michael.ngn)

Just remembering a few little tactics can make a HUGE difference!

DECA Conference study and preparation Tips & Tricks from Veteran Competitors attending CTSO ICDC with judges for the first time in Atlanta Georgia 2018“Tip 1: Try to reference other successful companies in your roleplays and suggest how your plan of action is similar to a big company’s plan that has worked in the past.
“Tip 2: Use as many marketing terms as possible”

– Vivek (Mountain Ridge High School AZ DECA President, Instagram:@thevivekravi)

“Close the sale!  Be sure to ask closing questions of the judge!”

– Jeff (NJ DECA State Advisor & Exec. Director, Twitter:@DECAJeff)

“Always tell you’re judges thank you. They’ll remember it.”

– Katrina (Cleveland High School NM DECA VP of Finance, Instagram:@katina.carrrrr)

Keep a healthy mindset & remember mental preparations! 

“Be confident! You’ve put so much work into making it to state, whether you are going for a written or a roleplay.

– Katrina (Cleveland High School NM DECA VP of Finance, Instagram:@katina.carrrrr)

“Breathe. Everyone is given the same task in your event, so just do your best and be confident!”

– Taylor (NJ DECA VP of Public Relations, Instagram:@taylor_molina)

“Stay calm… AND HAVE FUN WITH IT!!”

– Zach (Eldorado High School NM DECA Alumni, Instagram:@z_smore)

 

We hope that these DECA Conference tips were helpful for you and again thank you to everyone who contributed to this list!  Good luck to everyone competing at each of your district and state events this year, and we will see you all at ICDC 2018 in Atlanta!  

Do you have some wicked sweet DECA competition tips & tricks of your own that you wouldn’t mind sharing?  Leave a comment and let us know!  

 

Photo credits: Štefan Štefančík | Ben Rosett | Redd Angelo |Jonathan Velasquez

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