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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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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