3 Keys to Helping You & Your Partner Win at ICDC

Jazmine Reyes | Arizona State University Collegiate DECA

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller

At the 2017 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., I had the opportunity to compete with one of my best friends.

Not only did we learn helpful tools that we plan to implement into our professional career paths, but we had fun while doing it!

Here is what we learned:

1. Communication, communication, communication.

Open pathways of communication is the key. With such little preparation time it is essential to not waste valuable time. Get right to the point while in the preparation room.

2. No idea is a bad idea.

Ok, maybe some are. HOWEVER, in order to get the creative juices flowing it is important to throw ideas at each other to develop creative stimulation. Be open to new ideas and have fun.

3. Watch out for each other.

It is very common to be nervous while presenting. First and foremost, be confident. And If you see your partner(s) struggling don’t be afraid to jump in. Use subtle non-verbal communication toward your partner(s) to indicate when you are lost or unsure of something.

Our outcome? The title of 2017 ICDC ‘Event Planning’ International Champions! It was hard work and stressful at times, but it all paid off in the end.

This article was written by Arizona State University Collegaite DECA Executive Vice President, Jazmine Reyes. You can follow ASU Collegiate DECA on Twitter @asudeca.

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