Preparing to #OwnYourFuture at #CDECAICDC

Congratulations, you made it to #CDECAICDC, what now?!

The competition in Anaheim will fiercer than anything you’ve ever faced before, but the rewards are even greater.

Preparing to compete on the international level can seem like a daunting task, but there’s no reason to be nervous with all the great ways to help you get ready to #OwnYourFuture in California in April.

1. Host Competition Boot Camps with your Chapter

One of my favorite parts of being on the Executive Board at Northwood University this year has been hosting boot camps for our competitors. In these boot camps we practiced business simulations and case studies from the DECA Inc. practice booklets.

Judging someone else’s presentation can help you understand what your judges are looking for and help you become a better presenter.

2. Study Performance Indicators

Going into your competition can be stressful because you never know what kind of situation your going to have. Fortunately there are resources online that list all the performance indicators that could be used for your event. It’s a pretty long list, but you can skim through and just study the ones you’re less comfortable with.

There will always be an element of surprise in your role-play, but knowing nothing will surprise you can help ease your nerves.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice your Prepared Presentation

If you’re competing in a prepared presentation, you should have your presentation completely mastered before heading to California. Practicing in front of your professors is an extremely useful way to get feedback on your content and your presentation skills.

If you’re competing in Advertising Campaign, find an advertising or marketing professor to help you practice or work with a speech professor to get tips for presenting effectively. The more you practice, the less nervous you’ll be about presenting to your judge when it really matters.

This article was written by Northwood University Collegiate DECA Vice President of Communication, Ashley Hendley. You can follow Northwood Collegiate DECA on Twitter @NorthwoodDECA.

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