4 Things Do To If You Plan On Running For Association Office

Tiffany Selberg | Hickory Ridge DECA

Being an association (also know as a state) officer can be a rewarding experience.

You’re expected to honor, lead and spread information about our great organization all across your state or region. It is a very time consuming job that requires lots of commitment and dedication.

Not everyone is cut out to lead thousands of members, but if you’re seeking to do so, you’ll have to set yourself apart from the competition.

If you’re interested in serving as a state officer, even if your state conference is months away, it’s never too early to get a head start on the campaign trail. Here are four tips to get you started:

1. Know Your Goals

Why are you interested in being part of your state action team? What advancements can you bring to your association? List out all your desired task to make it clear why you should be elected.

2. Talk To Current & Former Association Officers

Reaching out to current/former state officers can give you insight into what being a state officer is all about. They could even serve as a mentor and give pointers based on their experience.

3. Do Your Research

Before you commit to running for association office, know all the responsibilities, procedures, and policies that come with your desired title. Make sure you’re able to live up to what is expected of you. You should also make sure you know all the facts there are to know about your association and DECA in general.

4. Network

It’s always great to get on social media, reach out to chapters in your region/state, or talk to members from other associations to build a network of supporters. Make sure your fellow chapter members and advisors are spreading your message as well. Get your name out there!

This article was written by Hickory Ridge DECA Vice President of Public Relations, Tiffany Selberg. You can follow Tiffany on Twitter @tiffyleigh19.