Tips & Tricks from #DECAPowerTrip to Succeed in Your Competitive Event

Caroline Saunders | Power Trip Power Team
Photo courtesy of @NPHS_DECA on Twitter.

North Carolina’s State Action Team had an amazing compete learning lab and taught some awesome tips to help you win some #DECAGlass during the 2017 Ultimate DECA Power Trip.

Here are some of the top takeaways from the session:

Picking Your Event

When picking your event, there are a few things you need to consider. The first thing you want in a competitive event is something that you are interested in. You want your career interests to correlate with your event. To keep yourself educated in your competitive event, pick one that matches your own job experience. This will allow you to have a deeper understanding of what the competitive event is about. Finally, you want to make sure that you match your strengths to the event format. If you are good at thinking on the spot, a role-play may be for you. On the other hand, if you are better at something prepared beforehand, a written event may be for you.

Test Taking Tips

It is imperative that you study for your test. Tests scores usually are the difference between winning and losing. There are study materials that can be purchased from Shop DECA. You can also find practice exams on DECA inc and even on Quizlet. The important thing to remember when studying for your test is to memorize concepts, not the actual questions. The concepts will remain the same, while the questions will differ.

Role-Play Tips

When you first go into your role-play, you want to make sure to shake your judges hand. Also, do not sit down without asking or being told to do so. Eye contact is a key part in doing well in a role-play. Finally, professional dress is a MUST.

Written Events

Written events can span from a maximum of five to 30 pages. Different written events are based on the career clusters. The diversity in written events allows for people with many different interests to find one that applies to something they would be interested in. Make sure you cover all the requirements as listed on Finally, during your presentation, be sure to allow three to five minutes for questions.

This article was written by Power Trip Power Team member, Caroline Saunders. You can follow Caroline on Twitter @pirateDECA.

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