5 Ways to Win #DECAGlass in a Role Play This Year

Here are five ways to boost your chances of making it to #DECAICDC in a role-play competition:

1. Focus on the exam and study with a purpose

One of the often-overlooked portions of a DECA role-play is the exam. The exam is perhaps one of the biggest keys to either making it on stage at ICDC, placing in the top 10 or bringing home that glass. My biggest piece of advice for the exam is to take practice tests, then correct them and take notes of your mistakes. Next, make a new test out of the questions you’ve missed, and study based on this exam. This method will ensure that you are doing the best you possibly can on the exam, therefore ending up with the best overall score.

2. Study performance indicators

On the  DECA website under competitive events, there are documents for each event that detail the performance indicators that are used when constructing both the role-plays and the exams. Defining these performance indicators and then studying them will help you immensely. This is because you will know off the top of your head the definition of each relevant indicator as soon as you get the role-play, and you can therefore spend the rest of your time thinking about how you can string them together and connect them to the role-play scenario. Here’s a pro tip: study the indicators marked “PQ and CS” first, as the ones marked “SP” are rarely used in role-plays.

3. Participate in a mock competition with your chapter

No matter how many role-plays you drill, nothing can fully replicate the stress and pressure of being in competition. However, there are a few ways to get close to that same experience. One of these is a mock competition exercise. Your chapter could hold a mock event in which people dress up in full DECA attire (blazers recommended), and are then judged in real role-plays with local business leaders. This is great because the more experience you have thinking on the clock in this type of environment, the more likely you are to be successful in real competition.

4. Talk to an outside expert

One of the elements of a DECA role-play that people often forget is to bring in outside knowledge of the field. A great way to do this is to talk to someone in the business world who has experience in your event. For example, if you are competing in Restaurant and Food Service Management, try to set up a meeting with the owner of your favorite local restaurant. More likely than not, these people will be happy to discuss some insight into what the industry is really like. DECA judges frequently work in the fields that they judge, so they will appreciate hearing about your knowledge of the industry and will score you higher on many factors.

5. Start now!

No matter how you study or what event you’re competing in, the best way to ensure your success is to start today. A regular schedule of what you need to get done and how you’re going to accomplish it will make sure you reach your goals – no matter how big or how small.

Now, get out there and start prepping for ICDC. I hope to see you on stage in Nashville!

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