How to Have a Successful Professional Development Day

Professional Development Day has been an integral part of the success of our Bay State College Collegiate DECA chapter over the past four years.

Through PDD, students are introduced to DECA’s competitive events in a non-competitive and welcoming environment. PDD is a great tool for all DECA chapter members to use to experience competition and develop their business skills.

The three main components of a successful PPD are:


Many of the competition pieces involve partners or larger teams. Professional Development Day allows members to discuss what makes up a successful team and prepares them to find teammates who compliment their skill set, rather than just partner with people whom they are closest to.


How you present yourself, as well as your work, is an important part of building your professionalism. PDD is a great way for chapter members to experience competition presentations in a setting without any pressure for performance. This makes the presentation a learning experience, making it more likely for new chapter members to try competition in the future.


A mock competition provides a priceless experience where chapter members can gain insight on the workings of a real competition, as well as look for areas of improvement. PPD provides members the opportunity to interact with local businesses and members from other Collegiate DECA chapters, which creates a great sense of community for our entire chapter.

Professional Development Day is a tool that could be helpful to all DECA chapters and helps members improve their skills for not only DECA competitions, but for their real world situations.

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