5 Ways to Improve Your Written Event

Written events can be difficult to master. What does a winning project look like? What kind of before-hand preparation is required?

These are questions that any written event competitor wants to know. In order to help solve some of these problems, here are some tips to help you out:

1. Make Sure Your Paper Is Easy to Follow

No judge is desperate to read a large number of 30-page papers. When your paper is complicated, it makes them less interested in your project, affecting how they view your project overall.

2. Have A Good Executive Summary

The executive summary is probably the most crucial part to the paper. If a judge doesn’t have the time or simply doesn’t want to read the papers, they are going to focus on your executive summary. Make sure it has all the important information, but is also pleasant to view and easy to read.

3. Look at the Winning Papers to See What They Did Right

The people who won the event last year obviously knew what they were doing. Check out their paper to see what you can do to make sure your project is on the same level. Make sure to not steal their ideas, but use it to compare and see if you need to take your project up a notch or if you’re doing just fine. The papers are available to order from the DECA Images website.

4. Every Team Member Must Know Everything About the Project

When it comes to question time, you want to make sure that, if you’re on a team with multiple members, every partner answers a question. That means that every partner must be ready to answer a question about anything in the project, from proposed plan to budget.

5. Have an Organized Presentation

The benefit of a written event is that nearly everything can be prepared ahead of time. When it comes to the presentation, make sure that you and your partners are well organized. Know when one person is going to finish talking and when the other person is going to start talking. This will help to leave a good impression with your judge.

I hope these help your next competition! Good luck, and see you in Anaheim!

This article was written by Texas DECA President and Power Trip Power Team member, Hayden Pfaff. You can follow Hayden on Twitter @hayden_pfaff.

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