Winning Written Event Tips from #DECAPowerTrip

As someone who has competed in several written events, I know how much of a #DECAProb it can be if you’re not prepared. Written events can be tricky or extremely vague at times, but thanks to Virginia DECA’s workshop at #DECAPowerTrip, they’re becoming more direct. Some may even say they’re becoming…DECA Direct. 

So where can you start? You could go in the manual’s order, or you could jump around. It really just depends on your time frame and how you feel most comfortable writing. However, be sure your executive summary is written last. The summary is what makes you stand out to the judge. 

During a real competition, your judge will more than likely not have time to read through your entire manual. The executive summary can determine the mood, purpose, and perspective of your project. so it’s definitely important to keep a positive and attractive appeal to it. Remember, you’re selling your project, not telling them every detail of what you did.

Before you can start writing however, you have to pick the topic of your manual! For example, if you’re competing in the Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan (SEPP), you’ll need to pick either a sports team, entertainer, or a tangible product related to sports or entertainment (i.e. basketball sneakers or a restaurant could work). If you’re really passionate about a specific thing within that umbrella, you should write about that/them!  

Judges can tell when you’re bored with a topic,” said one Virginia DECA advisor. “They can read [your interest level] that in the way you write.” 

Although we want you to be excited and passionate about your topic, please be sure you can find an overabundance of information about the topic. You will be doing a LOT of research, so it’s important you can provide more than just a few facts here and there.

Once you’ve got enough material to work with, you have to create a plan that is unique and one-of-a-kind. These ideas don’t have to be over the top, but they should be able to stand out in some way. You’ve got a fresh, new perspective on things so use it! No idea is a bad one.

Once you’ve got a topic and an awesome set of ideas, you’re ready to go! We can’t wait to see you competing at #DECAICDC in April!

adriana_garciaThis article was written by Lyman DECA member and Power Trip Power Team member, Adriana Garcia. You can follow Adriana on Twitter @AdrianaGaricaa.

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