Last Minute Competition Tips for #DECAICDC 2016

Hello and welcome to the Volunteer State!

We are just hours away from competing at the 2016 International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tenn., and I have a few last minute tips to help you prepare for your role-play or written event presentation!

  1. Nashville, TN, is in the Central Time Zone! Be sure to adjust your watches and other devices not connected to the internet to the right time. The last thing you want is to be late to your scheduled presentation because you had the wrong time on your wrist! All phones and computers should automatically change times.
  2. When staring a role-play or a written event presentation, it is important to nail the basics because you only get one shot at a first impression. So, make sure fix your hair and blazer right before you meet your judge, not in front of the judge. 
  3. Make sure you have good hygiene. Don’t have bad breath and be sure to shower before presenting. In addition, something a lot of people don’t think of but it very important to check your fingernails. They shouldn’t be too long and they need to be clean.
  4. Now is the time to perfect your nonverbal communication. This includes posture, smile, eye contact, and presenting yourself. In other words, make yourself inviting. Second, put yourself in the situation, don’t treat it like an abstract. You assume the role of a profession, therefore you should act like it. 
  5. As always, speak with confidence, or at least act like you know what you are talking about. 
  6. Nearly 78% of the percentages mentioned in role-plays are not true. It’s okay to throw numbers out there if you act like you know what you are talking about.
  7. Overall, be sure to do something that will leave a positive impression on your judge. You want to be that person or group they remember when they is doing their final calculations.

With these tips in mind, you’ll have an EPIC competitive event performance here at #DECAICDC!

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