3 Tips for First-Time Teams

If you’ve never competed in a Team Decision Making event before, the task can be quite daunting, especially if you don’t know your partner that well.

Here are some tips to help make sure you and your partner are completely in sync for your competitions!

1. Dress to Impress

One of the things that makes teams look really professional is coordinating outfits. If you’re both girls or both guys, try to wear the exact same outfit! If you’re a girl and a guy, try matching prints or colors to look like the dynamic duo you are! Remember, you must wear a DECA blazer when in front of a judge, so be sure your outfits work with your blazers as well.

2. Practice Makes Perfect

Make sure you and your partner do practice role-plays as often as possible! In a TDM role-play scenario, the judge will not only be looking at your knowledge of your performance indicators, but also how well you and your partner work as a team. Make sure each of you knows what you will be talking about so there are no awkward pauses or interruptions!

3. Know How to Manage Your Time

In a TDM event, participants get 30 minutes of prep time rather than the normal 10. This makes your job a lot easier, but it’s still a good idea to budget your time effectively so you can be as efficient as possible! Make sure you don’t spend too much time on any one thing (planning, dividing speaking points, etc.), and be sure to address all of your performance indicators!

This article was written by Riverbend DECA Sophomore Class Liasion, Mia McGill. You can follow Mia on Twitter @miarmcgill.

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