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How to Rock Your Roleplay?

“Roleplay.” “Performance Indicators.” What do these words mean for you? For some, we sit up straight and smile, filled with confidence at the thought. But for most, these words bring feelings of dread and fear. And as the weeks fly by leading to SCDC, the pressure only increases, and the studying tactics start getting crazy. Sleep isn’t necessary, right? School? Friends? Sports? Fear not! There’s an easier way to get prepared, without having to sacrifice anything at all. Grab a pen, take a seat, and jot down these easy step to rock your roleplay at SCDC 2016!

  1. First and foremost is to find some roleplays! Head on over to deca.org or ask your chapter advisor for good practice materials. You don’t hundreds, but it is important to have a good variety to be best prepared. Print them off (with judge’s instructions), put them in a folder, and have it with you whenever you think you may have the chance to practice!
  2. Talking to yourself may have some benefits, but to avoid the weird stares, get a study buddy! This way, you two can trade off being the judge, and provide useful feedback after each roleplay. Be sure to stay on track, though: no “wait, I messed up” or “haha, isn’t this silly?” The best practice feels real.
  3. Set tangible goals. For example, maybe you’re having a hard time with saying “um” too much, or having too many hesitations throughout your roleplays. Have your partner count these pauses, and set a goal to reduce them by a few each week. By the time February rolls around, the words will just roll off your tongue.
  4. Don’t forget the basics. It’s easy to get caught up in the performance indicators in a roleplay, but often the little things are what will really wow a judge. Have a firm handshake, ask to take a seat, and speak with confidence and excitement in every practice roleplay, and it’ll feel natural when the competition begins!
  5. Last, but certainly not least, is to have a good attitude! As cheesy as it sounds, mindset can have a severe effect on performance. If you go into each roleplay nervous about your possible mistakes, you’re far more likely to make them. Instead, focus on your strengths and remind yourself that it doesn’t have to be perfect. But chances are, with that sort of outlook, it will be!

Keep your eyes on the prize, and we can’t wait to see you on stage!