DECA Blazer / Business attire Before judges and at awards session Professional Dress General Sessions, Event Briefings, Manual Registration, Testing, Leadership Academies Dress Code Business Casual All other DECA events (for tours check with State Association) P. 59 Conference Program for more complete information
Tips Dont over think it Address all performance indicators Record yourself Practice exams - less than 60 min *note – you do not get PIs in advance at ICDC Source: Jack Fenton, North Atlantic Region Vice President, DECA Direct, Jan. 2014
Common Myths & Misconceptions About ICDC What is really going on? Source: Shane Thomas, DECA Inc Staff, DECA Direct, Jan. 2014
5 Must Dos When Competing Say hello, shake hands, ask for a seat Be creative Be confident Watch out for fillers Dress professionally Click for more detailed information Source: Brittany Keating, Collegiate DECA Vice President, DECA Direct, Jan. 2014
Take at least 2 cluster tests from your area plus 1 other cluster exam – retake until you score 100% *have someone read test to you Miss a question? Make a 3x5 card with answer on the back – study these cards Look at smartbrief.com for latest discussion on your event areasmartbrief.com Find 10 key words from your marketing textbook that you could potentially use in your dialog with the judges Testing Tips 1234 *Source: Ron Cooper 5 Develop a vocabulary support list from your tests
Role Play Events Individual Series Team Decision Making Principle
DECA Inc Role Play Series General tips Sit down with an ICDC Champion in FMS YouTube sources – open the door to success.
Written Events Any combination of the following: 3 poster boards (both sides) 1 trifold – both sides 1 desktop flip chart 1 laptop Electronic devices: cell phone tablet/iPad MP3 player Sound with volume set low Visual aids appropriate to presentation Able to carry in on your own Nothing of value left with judges No food items Tips for 5 / 11/ 30 page events Source: Carolina Sosa, Westfield DECA, DECA Direct, Jan. 2014
Penalty Points Always review written events - most common penalty points 1.Statement of Assurances not signed by student(s )and/or advisor 2.Page numbering problems 3.Does not follow sequence in guidelines Check carefully!
How to make your written project SIZZLE! Follow guidelines Great Executive Summary Easy to read Use graphs, charts, & pictures correctly Professional looking No grammatical errors Make it easy to read Judge - easy to score Spark judges interest Exciting Organized Appealing SIZZLE - Click here! Chapter projects involve chapter members Source: Steve Einsel, Competitive Events Judge, DECA Direct, Jan. 2013
The Power of a Prototype More info *applicable to Entrepreneurship Events Source: Nishtha Bhatia, Washington HS DECA Secretary, DECA Direct, Jan. 2014
The Key to Success Study for cluster exam Relax Think outside the box Be realistic Practice, Practice, Practice Be professional Use industry jargon Be unique Be energized
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