A How To Guide to DECA Role-Plays

Sara Sherazi | Taylor Truman DECA

It is almost time for every DECA member’s favorite part of the year: DECA competition season!

Whether you are an experienced competitor, or if it is your first year competing, these tips and tricks will definitely wow the judges and perhaps even win you some #DECAGlass at the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga., next April.

1. Be Creative – Your main goal at competition is to STAND OUT. Think outside of the box and be different. Remember that everyone you’re competing against will have the same scenario as you, so make sure to leave a good and lasting impression.

2. Roadmap Your Plan – While prepping for your role play, draw out a plan that you can refer back to when presenting to the judge(s). Use visual aids, regardless of how artistic you are, because it shows you are confident in your plan.

3. Be Confident – Being confident in your presentation can make a whole lot of difference. Try to avoid using too many “crutch words,” such as “um” or “uh;” it can give an impression that you are not fully prepared or uncertain of your plan.

4. Performance Indicators – Staying organized with your performance indicators will help you with your presentation. Number them in planning and start with the biggest idea and move to smallest one. When you discuss the performance indicators, make to sure define the term, give an example, and relate it to your solution to the problem.

5. Time Management – Remember that you are being timed when presenting, so use your time wisely. Make sure to cover all important factors that will help you perform well in your role play.

I hope these tips and tricks will truly make your DECA year #Limitless! If you have any of your own tips and tricks, tweet me @sara_sherazi!

This article was written by Taylor Truman DECA President, Sara Sherazi. You can follow Sara on Twitter @sara_sherazi and @TrumanDECA.

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