Hello Florida DECA! This month is focused around forming professional relationships in a professionally responsible manner. In my video blog I will provide you with some handy tips that you can include in your attempt to make professional connections. The key to forming and maintaining a relationship is being passionate and involved in the process. It is difficult to do too much for someone, so give it your best shot when you look to form a relationship. Always go the extra mile for people you want to connect with! I challenge you to look for ways to connect with people and go after it this month. After you start your quest, it only gets easier. Remember to connect with me through email – email@example.com. Can’t wait to hear from all of you!
Increasing self-confidence to become a more experienced leader
Yeah yeah, I know what you're thinking. Self-confidence is a really cliché topic for a blog, but in my opinion it is the most important skill to craft to become a more experienced leader, so how I could I skip it. I hope by the end of this blog you're inspired to improve your confidence and get involved on your journey to being an experienced leader. So come along!
The first thing you have to do is identify your comfort zones. All of us have unique fears that make our palms sweat. These are the triggers that threaten our self-confidence. So start by creating a list of all your biggest fears. Once you have a list, you are ready to start improving. First, recognize that the only way to improve is to get comfortable being uncomfortable. This is crucial, but what makes this so difficult is that many people have trouble easing their way into fear. For example, if public speaking scares you, then begin with a very small speaking engagement. As you begin to feel more comfortable in a small speaking engagement then you should quickly move into larger crowds. And with time, your fear of crowds will decrease and you will be able to speak to much larger groups of people. The key is that you must always have a sense of being uncomfortable because this means you’re improving.
The next thing you can do to improve your confidence is to use the "buddy system". I have found that having someone close to you, accompany you while you are attacking a fear is a great way to improve. They seem to make those awkward situations more pleasant. For example, when I first got into high school, I had a huge fear of networking, but I knew in order to become an experienced leader, I had to get over this. So I made sure to drag a friend along for any networking experience. We would tag team conversations and it made the conversations much smoother. This soon led to me being able to have smooth conversations with new people on my own. It's an incredible way to get acclimated to a fear.
Maintaining good posture is a must have for confidence. People instantly formulate opinions on your confidence solely on the way you act. Maintain a professional demeanor in the way you sit, stand, and walk. When engaging in conversation, always begin with a powerful handshake and a clear introduction which will establish your dominance. From that point forward remember to use hands for emphasis only when it's needed to show a focus on subject matter. I believe that the most awkward yet important part is eye contact. Do not break eye contact when you speak and never look down during conversation. It conveys a sense of insecurity.
Always reflect on what makes you different as a leader. Every person has unique talents, good grades, leadership positions, and many other personal accomplishments yet some people fail to celebrate their own successes. When you spend time reminiscing on all you've accomplished and what you plan to accomplish you will naturally see an impact on your self-confidence. Share this with friends, family, and the people you meet.
So I hope that all of you are inspired to tackle your self-confidence and become experienced leaders. Always remember, be comfortable being uncomfortable, stay LIMITLESS Florida DECA!
The DECA Inc. Promotional campaign is such a great opportunity to improve your chapter. It’s all about marketing and promotion within and outside of your school. This video gives 4-5 ideas for each section. Remember, you only have to do two categories for each Campaign.
School outreach is outreach within your school. I picked some of the ways my chapter conducts our outreach. My ideas were posters, announcements, flyers, and luncheons. These are simple ways to promote DECA within your school.
Gathering 3 alumni success stories can be very easy under most circumstances. Most chapters have at least 3 alumni members who would be willing to draft up their DECA story. If your chapter has no alumni, make sure to connect with a bigger chapter who does. When engaging alumni, remember to be genuine and excited for better chances of getting responses.
The third tier to the Promotional Campaign is to conduct 3 community outreach activities. This is a great way to do some advocating and engage your membership. My ideas were social media, contact a public policy maker, attend events, volunteer for a cause, and connect with businesses.
Most importantly, BE LIMITLESS!
This week I had the opportunity to visit Jefferson High School DECA! I got an insider perspective on some of the things that go on in their chapter. After speaking with the members, I quickly realized that the involvement was exceptional. Nearly every member seemed to have a place in their wide array of activities.
They have a brand new student run enterprise called DECA’fe. This gives the members opportunity for real world experience, operating a business, implementing accounting procedures, etc. Jefferson also offers a class called VEI. This gives the members a chance to start a company, create a business plan, and assign job roles to participating students.
Jefferson is also very involved in competition. After speaking with Jack Filali, VP of Competition, we get a better glimpse as to how they prepare their members for competition.
Jefferson DECA is definitely a chapter to look out for. With all the real world experience and competition preparation, they are surely providing great opportunities for their members. We can’t wait to see what Jefferson DECA has in store in the upcoming year!
Hi Florida DECA! After an exciting state conference I hope you are well rested and pumped up for this year. As your newly elected chartered association Vice President, I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the organization with Team 60. I want to give a huge thanks to my family, campaign team, and all of the Florida DECA members who I spoke with at CDC.
Hopefully, you learn a little about me after watching my video blog. I have a quite a few hobbies, but DECA is by far the most important to me. I am a powerlifter, which is competing to lift as much weight as possible. Also, I have a collection of vintage record albums, 113 as of right now. I really like classic rock, but I still love modern music too. My favorite places to go are unique coffee shops. I try to find a new one every week.
I am so excited to connect with all of you. I hope you reach out to me. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and my Instagram is @ chaddoback
Let’s make this year our best Florida DECA!