Contributed by Roheena Hasanzade, Fairfax DECA
Whether you’re about to do your first DECA role-play or you’re onto your hundredth one, they can always be nerve-racking!
Here are 12 tips to keep in mind to help you conquer your next role-play:
- Wear professional attire.
It is always important to remember to wear professional business attire to competition.
- Show your ability to be creative.
Remember to always have more than one idea. Exceed expectations and provide your judge with more options.
- Check for performance indicators.
When preparing for your presentation, make sure to recognize what your performance indicators are.
- Prepare notes that prepare you to present based on performance indicators.
Preparing notes that correspond with performance indicators will help ensure that your presentation includes those performance indicators.
- Use your preparation time wisely.
You only have a limited time to prepare for your presentation, use that time wisely and prepare everything you need to present to the best of your abilities.
- Always greet the judge politely.
When entering your role-play, always remember to greet your judge with a polite manner and introduce yourself.
- Thoroughly read the event situation.
Thoroughly reading through the event situation will make sure you know what your role is expected to present on.
- Know your role in the situation.
Knowing your role in the situation will help you present better and will let the judge know that you understand your role-play and your position.
- Know your judge’s role in the situation.
Knowing your judge’s role in the situation will also help you present better and let your judge know that you understand your role-play.
- Be confident!
Being confident will help you present better as well as leave a better impression on your judge.
- Thank the judge for his/her time.
This will show politeness along with professionalism.
- Have fun!
Don’t stress too much, this is such a great experience and you will learn so much from it.