How to Make ICDC Count

Having the chance to attend DECA's International Career Development Conference is definitely one you do not want to pass on! No matter where the conference is being held, there are always plenty of opportunities for you to make the most of your ICDC experience.

1) Networking

I know as DECA members we hear this time and time again, but connections are so valuable and you never know who you may be standing next to in one of those crowded elevators! Make sure you take full advantage of the fact you are surrounded by thousands of people who have the same interests as you and spark up a conversation with everyone and anyone.

2) Pin Trading

Throughout the conference, especially at general sessions, bring your association’s pins and other items (hats, swords, etc.) to trade. If you are lucky, you could be leaving ICDC with both a highly coveted Texas DECA cowboy hat and a Florida DECA sun hat!

3) Sightseeing

During ICDC there are always many attractions and tourist hot spots featuring a DECA day or group ticket special for conference attendees. Even if you can’t do them all, take advantage of one or two of the specials our host city has to offer!

4) Tweeting

If you are attending an International DECA conference, make it known! Post your favorite ICDC photos on Facebook and Instagram and tweet about your experience using #DECAICDC. This is an experience you won't want to forget and what better way to look back at the excitement than by documenting it through DECA social media.

5) Shopping

Whether you're stopping by DECA Images to pick up the newest DECA tee or buying a state magnet to stick on the fridge back at home, don't be afraid to be a tourist and buy your share of souvenirs.

If I had to sum up ICDC in one word, it would have to be unforgettable. Regardless of what you are attending for, who you are going with, or where it is located, you will absolutely have the time of your life. Make It Count this year and set your sights on ICDC 2014!

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