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Tips & Tricks

Everything little thing you need to know and should do to win glass at ICDC. Follow these tips and tricks about role plays, written’s, presentations, and more! From OUR opinions and from ICDC winners around the world!

 Role Play Tips from Past Winners/ Competitors:

  • Do as many role plays as possible with as many people as possible.

  • Make the 10 minutes count. That is all the judges will see.

  • Be passionate about your presentation, even if you’re not, find something to be passionate about.

  • Take as many practice exams as you can. Eventually the questions will just begin to look familiar and easy.

  • Make sure that you ALWAYS address the performance indicators. Before presentation day, spend time understanding, memorizing, and incorporating these indicators into your role play.

  • End strongly and with a passionate or meaningful wrap-up. Leaving the judges with something to remember will always benefit you in the end.

  • Make sure you take time to research your event’s industry or field. Being able to know and use your knowledge of a business could make or break your presentation.

  • Always stay calm and cool. If you stumble or lose your train of thought, know that this is only 10 minutes and afterwards you’ll never see this person again. Don’t let your mess up stop you from talking, just like it doesn’t affect you when you’re talking to your friends or a teacher. Just quickly pause, begin a new sentence, and start to connect back to your topic again. Always stay cool.

Written Presentation Tips:

[from www.decadirect.org]

  • Take a deep breath-

    It may sound silly, but when you are out of breath you tend to talk faster and your words become unclear.

  • Talk slowly-

    Your words always sound faster in your head, so please do both yourself and the judges a favor and take it slow. Let your words sink in.

  • Take a seat if you have to-

    It is not uncommon to present sitting down. If you feel more comfortable then go for it.

  • Believe in what you’re selling-

    Even if you start having doubts about whether your project is good or not, if you don’t believe in it, how can the judges?

  • Smile-

    This is something you have worked hard for, so be proud of your project and show it.

  • Confidence is good, but over confidence is not

  • Show the judges respect-

    They are volunteering their time to be there.

  • Don’t scare yourself-

    Maybe you didn’t expect your event to have so many people, but there is nothing you can do about it. Also, just because that kid has an awesome suit and a fancy display board, doesn’t mean he’s going to win.

  • Be yourself-

    You don’t need to impress the judges with elevated words. If you’re funny, be funny. If you aren’t funny, don’t stress yourself trying to make a joke. You have a short amount of time to present your project, so make the most of it by getting to the point.

  • Whatever happens, happens-

    Don’t beat yourself up because you forgot to mention your target market. The judges will read your proposal.

    Links to Helpful Sites:

  • https://medium.com/@andrew49er1/deca-written-event-guide-9139921e08b0

  • https://www.decadirect.org/compete/written-events/