Fuel Up for the Ultimate DECA Power Trip

September 27, 2021

If I had to list my favorite part of being a leader within DECA, it has to be the lessons I've learned from workshops and networking opportunities.

Lucky enough for all of us, the culmination of both of those is present in the form of The Ultimate DECA Power Trip from November 19-21, 2021, in Boston, MA. With the conference right around the corner, we must prepare ahead of time to ensure an optimal experience. Here is a quick guide of what to expect from the conference, making the most of your attendance, advice for first-time attendees and a few quick tips.

What to Expect

Engaging Workshops

While most DECA conferences focus heavily on competition, Power Trip is geared towards helping you become an all-around better leader in your chapter, college, future career, and competition. This means you will be attending many workshops to aid your leadership journey. From learning how to better manage chapters and associations, to participating in activities that teach professionalism, public speaking, collaboration, leadership etiquette and much more, get ready for some of the most informative sessions you will ever attend!

Tip: Take notes on everything – Yes, I mean everything! Taking notes shows you are an active listener and ensures that you will have access to the information presented whenever you need it throughout the year. No matter the workshop's content, I promise you that it will come in handy in the future. Along with taking notes, asking questions is equally important. The speakers and presenters have lots of experience and will be more than willing to share their lessons. Asking direct questions allows you to request more specific advice that can be directly applied to your own life and leadership journey.

Incredible Networking

Along with gaining tons of leadership lessons, you will have the chance to network with upcoming leaders from across DECA's membership, association leaders and members of the Executive Officer Team. You will have an opportunity to meet and make lifelong friends. (Fun Fact: I'm still in touch with some of the members I met from the 2019 conference).

Tip: Be sure to put on your "extrovert hat" for this conference! You will be exposed to many like-minded leaders, which creates the perfect environment for creating lasting connections. Not only is making connections good for personal development, but it is great for gaining external insight on projects you may be working on this school year. New perspectives can help you determine more efficient solutions to problems you may be facing at the chapter or association level.

More Tips for a Successful Conference

  1. Maintain a balance between learning and networking - It can be easy to get distracted and focus on one aspect over the other, but it is essential that you engage in leadership workshops and networking opportunities equally. This way, you can learn as much as possible while simultaneously meeting as many people as you can.
  2. Do not get intimidated - You will probably meet members that have served as officers for multiple consecutive terms and have years of experience under their belts. Every DECA leader has been in your shoes at some point and will be more than happy to use their experience to help you out.
  3. Make personal connections - At conferences, many members tend to focus purely on the professional aspect of networking. Don't forget that the people you will be interacting with are fellow students, so try to get to know them as a person while also learning about them as a leader. Making personal connections helps form lasting bonds and truly elevates your networking experience.
  4. Have fun - The most important thing during the entire experience is to enjoy it! There will be tons of interactive activities for you to participate in and you will have every opportunity to enjoy yourself. You will get out as much as you put in, so give it your all and you will have the time of your life!


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