It is February! That means that chapters are now at full speed preparing for states. As we get closer to states I just want to give you all some tips to bring back the most amount of winners.
1. Have afterschool chapter preparation
If your chapter gets together they can practice role plays and presentations constantly. This is also beneficial for tests because you guys can answer each others questions.
2. Have mandatory test dates
This is where everyone who is going to states has to have finished a test by a certain date. It is more difficult to slack when there are deadlines. I suggest making at least 3 of these dates, however you should make accommodations depending on the dynamics of your chapter.
3. Show motivational videos
For those competitors that haven’t gone to states before, there may be a lack of motivation to prepare as much as they should. Or even past competitors who think they may make it this year because of their experienced last year. These pictures and videos can serve as reminders for what their workings for, and just motivation.
4. Have previous winners speak
Previous winners know what worked for them. Sharing the fun experiences and giving some suggestions for current competitors can aid them in their preparations. You can do this at a chapter meeting or any time you have these competitors together. If any past competitors volunteer to work as an aid for further questions or one-to-one mentoring provides the best learning.
Thank you for participating in competition this year, it gives me a chance to see all your faces at states. Remember to have fun and cheer on your chapter regardless of the outcome!
Post-holiday depression is not possible with our emerging competition season. We are coming to peak DECA season Florida DECA and this year is going to be better than ever! An important way to hype up your members for this season is through activities in your chapter. Team 60 created their ABP to have many activities that will achieve this and that ABP is due by February 5th!
There is a month left for the ABP and as this time is winding down I have a few suggestions:
I’m sure your chapter has had a killer year so far and I cannot wait to hear all the amazing things your chapters have done. Remember that in the end we just want to see what your chapter can do and challenges ignite that healthy competition which causes growth. Remember states is only 2 months away so I’ll see you all very soon Florida DECA! <3
Hello Florida DECA, It’s December already! Today we’re going to talk about being professionally responsible. When being professionally responsible people need to dress to impress. This of course includes your DECA blazer or this can be business casual on appropriate occasions. Being professionally responsible is not all about what you wear, and during this time it falls a lot into competition.
Now that it is competition it is important that your competitors have integrity with the work they turn in. A good way that your chapter could do this is by having your leadership team work individually with competitors to make sure they are coming up with an innovative paper and that they are writing it themselves as a team. Some of you have passed districts and are already going to states, just make sure that they are studying for their tests and when they go to do these presentations and role plays that they are professionally responsible. That they know basic rules like shaking the judges han before sitting down and asking if they may be seated before doing so. Practicing role plays and presentations could really help your chapter. Competition is a really important way for your chapter to show that they are professionally responsible. We do have videos on how to effectively do role plays and presentations that can help you're chapter excell. But just remember that ethics plays a really big part on how your chapter is looked at by others.
Thank you so much for watching! Feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I hope you're chapter does very well in competition, states is only 3 months away! Till next time Florida DECA.
Hello Florida DECA! Thank you for all of you who attended ELS, I hope you all had an amazing time. Today I am discussing how to submit the DECA Inc. GEW Chapter Campaign. GEW has 3 parts. The first is 3 idea challenge entries. The past GEW video explains how to complete the idea challenge, but the videos are due submitted on Youtube by November 20th. Your chapter gets to pick their top 3 videos and submit them in the GEW campaign by copy and pasting the youtube link onto the submission. The second is 3 success stories of local entrepreneurs. For this section there will be 3 boxes where you can type the success stories of your alumni. After adding the descriptions, there is place to add attachment. Here feel free to add pictures of how you shared these success stories, I strongly suggest your chapter does so. The third one is 3 school/community outreach. For this one you have 3 boxes to describe your chapter school/community activity. There is also a place to add attachments of your activity in action which I suggest.
This is the link to the submission instructions with more pictures: https://www.deca.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Online_Submission_Instructions_GEW.pdf
Thank you so much for watching! :) If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you all soon, I hope you have an amazing DECA Month!
Hello Florida DECA!
This month I am doing a chapter spotlight on Mater East Academy! I had the pleasure of visiting their chapter in September and loved what I saw. In this video they will introduce themselves and tell you what their chapter does. Personally, I loved the engagement and the energy that was in the room when I visited. It was also amazing to hear how their chapter changes and grows each year. I hope their chapter can encourage yours to do the same. Please contact me at email@example.com if I can be of aid to any plans your chapter has.
See you at ELS Florida DECA!
Hello Florida DECA! I hope you have all had an amazing first month of schools and had a chance to meet up with your officer team. Hopefully you were able to hold an officer training or bonding for your leadership team. Let’s get ready for the year ahead of us! It’s time to go over the DECA Inc. Advocacy Campaign, I know a lot of people leave this Campaign for last but it requires a lot of reaching out that takes planning. It’s never too early to start advocating!
First let’s go over the 3 school outreach and 3 community outreach included in this campaign. Although this is similar to a lot of campaigns, your chapter’s focus on this is to gain support not promote or increase membership like in other campaigns. They also have to be in February which is CTE month, causing your main focus in these activities probably being about DECA being a CTE organization.
The last activity to do for this campaign I heard to be hard to understand, but it is simple. It is 3 public policy makers outreach. My favorite example of this is going out and getting a proclamation the DECA is a CTE organization to your local mayor. Another one is visiting or sending a letter to your school board. Make sure it is about DECA being a CTE organization and the benefits that come with that, also include some specifics about your chapter to make it personal.
As you can see, there are 6 activities to this campaign. When executed correctly, they can all run flawlessly and provide great exposure to your chapter. They aren’t that difficult to achieve if you can knock some out with a letter or email. Planning them in advance can help you avoid being overwhelmed and make this campaign simple! I hope this video gave you a clear vision on what to do for this campaign. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon Florida DECA!
Written Blog for August
Hello again Florida DECA! I Hope you have all had an amazing #SummerofDECA. Team 60 did during Summer ELS along with some of you. I cannot wait to see all of you emerging leaders in our summit in the beginning of November. Let’s get into business, today I am going to talk to you about the Annual Business Plan (ABP). The ABP is a menu that chapters can choose from where every choice is meant to improve your chapter. As Kassidy said in her last video, we changed the ABP to fit our branding guidelines. In the Academically Prepared section of the ABP DECA members are ambitious high achieving leaders equipped to conquer the challenges of their aspirations. In other words, the Academically Prepared section recognizes DECA as a CTE organization and allows members to take what they learned in the DECA classrooms onto their future careers. That section has activities that help chapters achieve that focus. That’s all for now Florida DECA, if you have and questions feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Hello again Florida DECA!
My name is Laura Valiente and today I am going to talk about chapter officers, since it is closer to August I am going to focus on officer training.
When you first meet your team it will not be all DECA. Talking and participating in other activities will bond a team allowing the team to work well together. So does learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The best way to do this is to have them self evaluate themselves and also take a leadership style test. Seeing how they see themselves and adding information from an outside resource that they may not have thought about, will give your team an accurate list of strength and weaknesses for every person on the team.
Knowledge is power! You do not need to know everything about DECA but knowing some of the basics will improve your chapter. The values and attributes competence, integrity, teamwork, and innovation. The mission statement, which is the best at explaining DECA in one sentence, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in finance, marketing, hospitality and management. Lastly, DECA prepares the next generation to be Academically Prepared, Community Oriented, Professionally Responsible, and Experienced Leaders.
Defining each person’s roles for the following year will help them have a vision, but still know these jobs will overlap within a team. Another way to set vision within your chapter is to set common goals of values to thrive for throughout the year.
Since summer is coming up, now is a great time to plan the following year with your team. Lastly the ABP and DECA Inc. campaigns are meant to make your chapter the best it can be, so use them to your advantage. :) Thank you Florida DECA! Feel free to contact me with any further questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello again Florida DECA!
My name is Laura Valiente and I am your EVP. Today we are going to talk about what it really means to be Community Oriented. Being Community Oriented is recognizing the benefits of service and responsibility to local and broader communities. Florida DECA is Community Oriented through Helping Hands.
Helping Hands started with Daniela Rey in Team 54 with a clothing drive during their fall leadership conference to donate to the Salvation Army of Orlando. Team 55 then made Helping Hands donate to a different charity every year.
Helping Hands today has a fall and a spring drive. In total we have donated over 145,000 to many different charities. We give thousands of items to 2 different charities a year! This shows how we are able to impact and improve our community and helps us stay on our goal of being Community Oriented which helps us make a constant impact to many communities throughout Florida.
How can your chapter improve the community? Your chapter could participate in community service chapter project. This is a competition category that asks chapters to use their leadership skills to hold a community service project. They ask that that community service project includes as many people from your chapter as possible. Chapters can also do community service outreach activities such as: starting a tutoring program, participating in a relay for life activity, visiting a senior citizens home, volunteering, and there are a lot more out there!
Being Community Oriented is a fundamental part of DECA. If your chapter is able to do these community service projects they will not only be helping the community but most likely bonding and learning in the process. I cannot wait to see what your chapter has in store!
Thank you for watching. See you soon Florida DECA!