How to be a national champion-competition tips to get you ready for ICDC 2013

Part II:

Welcome back to Ikya and Amy’s DECA competition tips. Here are the last few tips that Ikya and Amy found successful as they prepared for their National Championship at ICDC 2012.

Role Plays

The DECA Competition page on the DECA  website should be your new best friend! If there is anything you are unsure about, just go to this site! Also, don’t forget to check out the judge’s rubric for your event. Check it out here! http://www.deca.org/competitions/2/

  • Practice A LOT of role plays. If you have a partner, this is the time where you can sort out what each of you know more about, when each of you should talk, and how you will transition to each other. If you do a lot of role plays now, you’ll look extremely polished when the actual role plays roll up.
  • Read the Economist, the New York Times, and other recent peer-reviewed journals and newspapers to stay on top of market trends and learn some event jargon so you can look well prepared in front of your judge. Remember that not everything is in your text books; you have to stay connected to the real business world too.
  • If you’re working with a partner, we  suggest that you each do individual role plays in front of each other. You can evaluate each other and fine-tune each other’s skills, which will take you far when you’re actually presenting. This is also a great opportunity to see how each of you present and how you can complement each other when presenting.

The tips just keep coming!

  • Take as many practice tests as humanly possible. We bought a few practice tests and role plays off of DECA Images (http://decaimages.stores.yahoo.net/) and found some more online.
  • When taking tests, actually learn from them.  By this we mean that if you get a question wrong, look in the answer guide and find out why. We had notebooks where we wrote down every question we got wrong, what the answer was, and why the answer was right in our own words. This may sound like a lot, but by setting aside some time to do the tests, you’ll find that it isn’t challenging to get through several tests.  


  • Stress can be a mix of good and bad. A little bit of stress and adrenaline pushes you to do your best, but too much stress might just make you explode! Know that it’s okay to freak out a little since competing is such an amazing experience, but remember to try to keep your cool when you start competition.
  • If you have a partner for a Team Decision event, be best friends! The more you know about each other, the better you’ll work with each other. We suggest that you get together with your partner and learn more about one another. When planning activities, remember that they don’t all have to be DECA or competition preparation related. Take it from two fellow BFFs!
  • Be persistent. If you didn’t do as well as you thought this year, push yourself to be better the next time. Know that you make your own fate.
  • HAVE FUN! These are experiences you’re going to take with you for the rest of your life! Meet new people, try new food, and raise the roof with your awesome spirit items while at SCDC or ICDC!


We hope that you learned a few things on how to prepare for your competitive event! If you already know these tips, GREAT! You can also pass them along to fellow DECA members in and out of your chapter! Thanks so much for reading; we wish you good luck for next year, champs!

-Ikya Kandula and Amy Bodner

Ikya can be contacted for more information about competition prep or chapter visits at [email protected].