5 Surefire Ways to Warm Up for Your Role-Play

Time to brush the dust off of your blazer, fix your tie, and get back out there because it’s almost competition season!

For some, districts and regionals will be the very first time experiencing a DECA competition. Whether you’re a newcomer to the competition world or a seasoned veteran, it never hurts to do a little extra preparation.

Here are five tips and tricks you can use to warm-up before your next role-play:

  1. Study the Performance Indicators. Get into the habit of studying the indicators to your event. Even if you’ve competed in your event before, it never hurts to take a peek on DECA.org/events to refresh yourself.
  2. Look over your marketing terms. Crack open your marketing textbook and look at the vocabulary section. Skim through until you find the words you don’t know off the top of your head – those are the words that could come to bite you during your event, leaving you looking unprepared for the rest of your competitions.
  3. Get a good night sleep. Starbucks is great, but your #PSL isn’t going to keep you going all day long. Make sure you get sleep the night before regionals, because you’ll want to make sure you have laser-sharp focus by role-play time.
  4. Bring snacks. Some regional competitions go on all day long, and sometimes you may not be able to grab a full lunch. Bring a couple snacks that will hold you over and keep your energy up. You’ll need it for your victory dance after medaling!
  5. Learn from it. Regional competition is a great time for DECA freshmen and novices alike to get ready for the next stage by realizing what they can work on for next time. Like any skill, a DECA role-play takes practice to master it. If you continue to improve, you’ll be at the International Career Development Conference with a first place trophy in your hand in no time!

Get excited for DECA competition season! The time has come and you need to be ready to take the stage by storm! #DECAICDC is coming closer and closer, so this is your shot to make sure you have the potential of making it there!

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