5 Tips to Get Your Chapter Prepared to Compete at #DECAICDC

With #DECAICDC less than two months away, now is time to get your chapter ready to compete for their spot on the international stage in Anaheim, Calif., this April.

Here are some quick tips to help get your chapter motivated and ready for the competition in SoCal:

1. Set the goal.

Many competitors think it is an impossible feat to take home a glass trophy from ICDC, but this is simply not true. I have seen it with my very own eyes that being diligent and setting the goal from the start to place at ICDC can be very rewarding. Set the expectation for you and your chapter members, to make every single meeting. Your goal is to motivate them into doing their best.

2. Make a “power exam” for your cluster.

One of the most daunting parts of individual or series events is the written multiple choice exam. If you’re training a cluster, it likely means that you either did an event in that cluster or are doing one now. When doing practice multiple choice exams compile all your hard questions and put them into one “power exam.” This will not only help other members in the same career cluster but will help you get better as well.

3. Track your progress.

One of the most rewarding things when training for anything is to look back and see how far you have come. Encourage members to create a spreadsheet with a schedule and exam scores to show progression and motivation. This will set timelines and tasks which are not only beneficial for training but, for time management skills in life. Here is one I made for myself for reference.

4. Create engaging lessons.

An important aspect of helping your chapter is guiding them and teaching them, and that is why it is crucial for you to create engaging lessons. Some of the best lessons I have seen include some from of incentive or engagement. Creating a Kahoot with prizes is a nice motivation for everyone and keeps people coming back every week. Examples of prizes include DECA pins, stickers, school merchandise, food, etc.

5. Reward your determination.

The most rewarding part of climbing a mountain is the view from the top. At the end of the day, it is important to recognize you and your chapter’s accomplishments and how far you have come. The road to ICDC is one that is not easily achieved, so go climb your mountain and take a look at how far you have come.

This article was written by Markville Secondary School DECA member, Keshav Chawla. You can follow Keshav on Twitter @KeshavChawla15.

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