3 Tips to Help You Navigate Workshops at a DECA Conference

If it is your first year attending a DECA conference, then you will most likely be overwhelmed by all of the workshops that are going on. Don’t worry! It’s perfectly normal (even for seasoned DECA members!) to get anxious trying to understand all of the opportunities provided at a DECA conference.

Keep reading for three awesome tips that will help you understand what goes on in workshops, and how to have fun and get involved!

Take Notes

After the Dress for Success workshop at the 2016 North Carolina DECA Career Development Conference, I interviewed the presenter, Mr. Mike Sins, who is also the Director of Special Events at Men’s Warehouse. I asked him what he wanted all of us to take away from the workshop.

“For the students to pick up 10% of what I say, [and for it] to help them later in life,” he said.

What Mr. Sins said about students only retaining 10% of what he said it accurate, however unfortunate it may be, but if you take notes, I guarantee that you will remember more of the priceless wisdom that your presenter will give you!

Get to Know the Presenter

Another thing that I would recommend is staying after the workshop in order to talk individually with the presenter. Whether you want to ask a specific question, or just shake their hand and say thank you, you will be doing yourself a huge favor in the long run. Now, if you ever see that presenter in the halls at the convention center, or at #DECAICDC, you can say Hi, “Mr./Mrs. ______.” And now you have made a connection, that it what DECA is all about, getting to know people that you would never meet otherwise!

Ask Questions

One way to make sure that you get the most that you can out of a workshop, is to ask questions. Like I said earlier, there is a lot of information shared about during those 45 minutes. That is why it is important that you ask questions, by doing this you will be getting a deeper understanding of what you are learning, and at the same time you will be showing the presenter that you are paying attention, and that you care about what they are saying. Again, this only helps to build your connection with them, which can only help you later on.

Now that you know some useful tips for how to navigate workshops, go out at #OwnYourFuture at your next DECA conference!

This article was written by North Carolina DECA Career Development Conference Social Media Team member, Ryan Rebne. You can follow North Carolina DECA on Twitter @ND_DECA and follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanrebne.