How to Host a Vision Board Chapter Event
Chapter social events are meant to be fun and inviting, but ice breaker activities might not be the best option if your goal is to get your members to get to know each other and build stable relationships.
Being an officer for my chapter, I noticed that it is hard for everyone to reach out and talk to others. Especially those that are more inclined to have an introverted personality.
At my chapter, we have done regular meetings that include team building activities. Those didn’t work out so well. We also tried bringing ice breaker activities to our holiday parties, those were a bust as well.
We realized that we needed to find a way where members could talk to each other and have a good time without noticing, thus taking the awkwardness away. That’s how we came up with the idea of DECA Games.
DECA Games is an event where students could compete against each other on multiple teams, doing physical activities and promoting team spirit. We have had a lot of fun with these DECA Games and knew we succeeded with this when we saw our chapter members interacting and having a fun time.
This year, the new team and myself were thinking of ideas on how we can go further with a similar activity, all in the while looking for what could have a greater impact on our members.
If you have been in a similar situation, here is an example of a fun and engaging activity we saw be successful for our chapter this year.
Having a Vision: Creating Vision Boards as a Chapter
1. Choose a different time and day than your usual meetings.
By doing so, you can plan the activity to go longer and take away some of the seriousness that the word “meeting” has.
2. Do your research.
Before you start, think about what you want your members to learn? Utilize sites like YouTube and Pinterest to get some more information on the logic behind vision boards.
The goal for our chapter was to motivate our members to have a vision. After looking through my options, I was able to find a video that inspired me. The message is the most important, so don’t be afraid on being cheesy!
The goal is to make them reflect on what they just saw and how to apply it to their lives. We used this video from YouTube.
3. Sharing your thoughts.
Ask for comments and thoughts about the video. Sharing your thoughts as well as sharing your story (if you are comfortable with it, of course) helps chapter members connect and compare ideas to create a sense of belonging. Give your members some time to think about the vision they have for their life.
4. Bring the materials!
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do this activity, just get creative! Go to your local dollar store and buy lots of craft supplies. Get poster boards, glitter, glue, stickers, construction paper, scissors – everything you think that could work to create a vision board. Then, get some magazines from a thrift store and bring them to the event.
5. Get started.
Spread out your members in groups to different tables, and have one member of your officer team at each table to promote conversation. Play some music in the background, and if possible, provide dinner. Then when everyone is ready, gather together to share with the rest of the team what they created.
It was really cool to listen to each other’s career goals, hobbies and aspirations when we all shared our vision boards.
By the end of the night, we all got a sense of each other’s goals, and it brought us closer together as a chapter. There was a sense of accomplishment I felt at the end of the event seeing how close our members and officers were able to come.
This article was written by Grand Canyon University Collegiate DECA Chapter President, Jacqueline Briseno. Follow Grand Canyon University Collegiate DECA on Twitter @GCUDECA.