Ace Your Case: Tips, Tricks, and Pointers to Succeed in DECA Competition


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The Provincial Executive Team talks about how to succeed in DECA case studies, role plays, presentations, and competition.

This is the slide deck. First presented at the Central Region Leadership Conference in Detroit, Michigan in November 2012.

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  • your friends!exactly what you are being marked on = your rubricNEVER leave a performance indicator unaddressed – on a Principles Oral, you can lose 20% by skipping just one
  • step 2: preparing your solution akawriting down and setting up your notes
  • step 2: preparing your solutionhow you should approach your solutionconsider viewpoint of person you are presenting toensure you can back up your argument to your judge be CONFIDENT in your solution (if need be, fake it ‘til you make it!)most of all.. STAND OUT
  • step 2: preparing your solution BE TIME AWARE (individual orals = 10 minutes of prep, team = 30)write down key items on page right away, then fill out rest of page as time allowsmake the most of your prepmake sure your writing is legible
  • Kat: Ok, so Daniel is our Judge and Natasha is the competitor… what are some of the first things she should do before she even gets into her actual case study? [prizes are given out to people who raise their hands]. Right, the first impression is key! [Kat continutes narrating as Natasha and Daniel start to mime the execution of a role play (one is judge, one is competitor)]FIRST IMPRESSION IS KEYsmiling, confidentwait to be asked to sit downinteract with judge
  • Kat: [as D and N mime actions] So you want to start off strong .. [discusses above items]START OFF WITH INTROsay why you’re there, what you’ll be presentingexactly like intro to an essay, lay the groundwork  roadmapfrom get go, be time aware
  • Kat [dicusses above items, used Daniel and Natasha to illustrate points]
  • Kat [dicusses above items, used Daniel and Natasha to illustrate points]
  • [give prizes to volunteers]case study is _________when analyzing a case study, you should take note of _____________performance indicators..?USP?things to consider when setting up notesfirst things to do when meeting judgeitems to remember when going through case : _________items to remember when concluding case: ________if asked a question already answered in presentation, you should __________biggest differences when presenting individually vs with a partner
  • Ace Your Case: Tips, Tricks, and Pointers to Succeed in DECA Competition

    1. 1. ACE YOUR CASETips, Tricks, and Pointers to Get You to Anaheim
    2. 2. Contents • What Is A Case Study? • Preparing • Executing • Questions • Individual vs. Team
    3. 3. What is a case study?
    4. 4. Case Study:  what main portion of a case study looks
    5. 5. a case study presents a all you have to do isproblem. solve it.
    6. 6. How To Set Up A Case Studya) Skimb) Know who you arec) Know who you’re talking tod) Find the thesis
    7. 7. Look at your indicators.
    8. 8. Become best with your performance indicators.@DECAOntario
    9. 9. Prepare your (potentially magical)
    10. 10. Be confident. Back it
    11. 11. Be memorableGreetingGet into character Stand out.
    12. 12. Preparing Your Notes Know your template. vs At top of page: company name, your role, your judge’s role, what is being asked of you. Space out performance indicator notes
    14. 14. FIRST IMPRESSION.Smile.Wait to be asked to sitdown.Interact with the
    15. 15. What the judgeis thinkingWhy are you here?(Explain the purpose of yourpresentation)What are you going to talkabout?(Lay the roadmap)When is this going to end?(Be time aware from the start)
    16. 16. GO THROUGH CASE • look down at notes as little as possible • keep smiling! • if you talk yourself into a corner, keep going • be aware of body
    17. 17. CONCLUSION • sum up what you said • reinforce your USP (unique selling point) • do not get up at end of presentation… wait for judges’ questions • at very end, thank judge for their
    18. 18. How To Address Questions • think THEN answer • do not ramble, concise is best • if you have already addressed point in presentation, refer back to it but don’t totally skip the question!
    19. 19. Team Event vs. Individual TEAM INDIVIDUAL • 30 minutes prep • 10 minutes prep • 15 minutes to present • 10 minutes to present • MUST share speaking time • you get total free reign, uninhibited creativity • because of longer prep, you are expected to come up • easier to be intimidated by with more substantial judge presentation • don’t have a pal to keep you • if you’re working with a company when waiting  friend, be careful …
    20. 20. LET’SRECAP.
    21. 21. Thank you for listening!
    22. 22. @jameszmsunJerry: @jerryzhang222Andrew: @Andrew_Shon decaontario.tumblr.comJake: @JakeJardine42Katie: @KFLANAGANNIsabella: @isabellajchiuJack: @JackFenton_95Sarah: @SarahLiu35Mariam: @MariamRafo DECAOntarioOfficial