Top 5 Tips for a Winning Written Event

The thought of writing five to 30 pages for any of written event competitions DECA has to offer can often sound very exhausting and difficult to do. Lucky for you, it doesn’t have to be!

Here are the top five tips you can use to make sure you come out on top with your written event project:

1. Be passionate about your topic.

Writing up to 30 pages is without a doubt very intimidating! However, if you choose a topic that you’re passionate about, this won’t be a problem.

Make sure the business you choose and the category you’re participating in resonates with who you are. In many cases, those who really love their projects find themselves having difficult time staying under the maximum amount of pages allotted for the event!

2. Make sure you follow all the guidelines and procedures.

The difference between winning first place and second place often comes down to a difference of just a few points. For this reason, check over your paper and make sure you have all the necessary headings, spaces and other required sections with your paper. It would be no fun to lose out on winning just because of some penalty points!

3. Throw in some visual aides and graphics.

Thirty pages can be a lot for your judge to read through. Break it up for them and throw in some graphics or visual aides. This can be as simple as a graph about market statistics or a screenshot of the app you’re trying to pitch!

4. Have an English teacher review your paper.

Your ideas are definitely the most important thing about your paper, however, spelling and grammar mistakes can make your manual go from looking very professional to seeming like you don’t actually care about it at all. Have an English teacher at your school look at your paper to make sure it’s as prime as it can be!

5. Focus on your executive summary.

Often times, your judge won’t have all the time in the world to read your paper thoroughly and carefully, which is why the executive summary is arguably the most important piece of the entire project!

Put as much time and effort as you can into your executive summary; more often than not, your judge will be able to take the time to understand your project through this and it will be their first impression of your paper!

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