Applying for Region Office

Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next nevel? If so, then applying for Georgia FBLA Region Office may be your next best step. In addition to serving as ambassadors for our state organization, region officers also contribute to various efforts within their own respective regions.

A focal point of the Region Officer experience is being able to attend the Region Officer Academy (ROA), which is held during the summer, to build leadership skills and make connections with other officers. After attending ROA and other conferences throughout the year, Region Officers are prepared to run their respective Region Leadership Conferences.

If applying for Region Office is something that you would like to do, please complete the Region Officer application, which is located in the Livebinder, by January 26, 2018. Make sure to review the attendance requirements that are expected of Region Officers before applying.

Good luck on your individual Georgia FBLA journeys!

Last Minute Tips to Help You Ace Your Performance Event

The Region Leadership Conferences are just around the corner. As we quickly approach the end of this year and into competition season, here are some last minute presentation tips to help you take your performance to the next level.

  1. Prepare, prepare, prepare: This may seem cliché, but the best way to ace your performance event is to prepare as much as you can. Have your script completely memorized, and if your performance event is with a team, practice with them to improve your teamwork and cooperation.
  2. Be confident: A little confidence when you’re presenting goes a long way. When its time for you to go into your event, take a deep breath and believe in all the hard work that you have put in towards your event. If you believe in yourself, the judges will too.
  3. Speak clearly: When you are actually presenting, remember that the judges can’t help you if they do not understand you. We have a tendency to talk faster and slur words together when we are nervous, so try to be conscious of this when you are presenting.
  4. Do mock runs: Nothing prepare for the event like actually practicing in front of an audience. You could practice your event in front of advisers, other members, and even in your classes (given that the teacher allows you). This will help you get a good idea of how you will do under pressure in the real situation.

Hopefully, these tips were helpful as you continue to work your way towards regions. I hope to see you on stage!

Middle Level Competitive Events

This year, Middle Level FBLA members will have more opportunities than ever before to compete in several different competitive events! Below are the six competitive events available to Middle Level members:

  • Business Math & Financial Literacy: Put your math and business skills to the test with this event.
  • Career Exploration: Take a test to measure your knowledge of career pathways and job searching.
  • Community Service Project: Describe one community service project that your chapter has planned and implemented during the year.
  • Elevator Speech: Present an elevator speech to a State Senator about how FBLA-Middle Level helps students develop leadership skills and why it is important to have this organization in middle schools.
  • Introduction to Computer Science & Coding: Test your knowledge of the basic principles of coding and computational systems.
  • Multimedia & Website Development: Design, build, and launch a website that features the competitor’s ability to incorporate the elements of website design, graphic layout, and proper coding techniques.

We hope you are as excited as we are to have more opportunities to build bridges to success in order to elevate your future!

For more information about these competitive events, visit http://www.fbla-pbl.org/middle-level/competitive-events/.

SLC Preview

This year’s SLC will be in beautiful downtown Atlanta! We will have tons of amazing workshops and events planned for our members to enjoy. The Hyatt in downtown Atlanta is close to many amazing restaurants and fun things for you and your chapter to do. Start an itinerary with your adviser so that they can make sure everything you do is fun and safe! Each and every year the members that compete in our competitive events find that the experience is unforgettable and we are so excited for all of you to have that same experience this year! Be sure to check and see if the competitive event you are doing is straight to state or not because you don’t want to miss out on the hundreds of awards! We couldn’t be more excited to see all of you in March and good-luck to those of you preparing for your events!

Mid-Year Membership Recruitment

The battle on recruitment has been won yet the war on recruitment has yet to be decided! The war lingers on the horizon, ready to reappear when school starts up again. Stay in the good fight — the fight to second semester recruitment efforts.
The incentives and tactics first semester are still relevant to membership recruitment in the second semester; however, make sure to keep those in your back pocket.

Second semester is about the final stretch in sight — as an active member, or officer, in your chapter, show the benefits that FBLA has to offer on a local level. The spike of second semester laziness can easily be countered with convenient incentives that allow members to continue their involvement, and at the very least interest, in FBLA. This is the time that members have finished their competitive events and are preparing for their stand-and-deliver if needed. What I propose is to show that FBLA is not solely competition orientated or professionally strict; in fact, consider tying in all classes through the school with a fun-fundraiser masked as a social event. (The best fundraisers are social events in disguised and the best social events are fundraisers in disguised.)

For instance, the fundraiser would have to be low effort and easy for students to be able to participate, have ease of access to the fundraiser, and have necessary publicity, interest, and acknowledgement [of students]. Also note, do not exclude the attendees to a targeted demographic or just the FBLA chapter/members; this will generate an unnecessary rift between members and those interested. Simply craft a positive image of FBLA to the students in the school ergo to the parents in the community (parent interest and involvement translates to student interest and involvement; remember, a single student interested in joining is good yet having a parent interested in getting their child interested in joining is great. Also a parent could have numerous children that could get involved — bandwagon).

An example of a social event that espouses the above criteria in practice would be a movie night held at the school — straight after school or possibly students get out of class to attend it. At the movie night, a number of concessions can be sold (try to divide up the type of concessions at different locations of the stand; for instance, don’t put all items for purchase in the same line but rather create a distinction in a the lines if enough members are present to run the register), the proceeds of which go towards the competitive event fees inquired of the FBLA chapter (i.e. traveling to conferences, hotel fees, study material).
Make sure, whatever the event your chapter decides on, to run the proposal through the check list above (in the third paragraph down):

• Is it low effort for students to participate? (Monetarily inexpensive.)
• Does it have ease of access? (Physically convenient and doesn’t conflict with other obligations or responsibilities of students.)
• Does it have the necessary publicity, interest, and acknowledgement? (Flyers, RSVPs, member signups for help, “grape vine” talk and discussion throughout school.)

If your or your chapter’s idea didn’t work out nearly as planned, work through a new proposal and give it time — gaining members, especially second semester, is a slow growing process all you have to do is ensure the chapter’s growth isn’t in a disjoined growth process and contribute to a better tomorrow: a better tomorrow for your members, a better tomorrow for your school, a better tomorrow for your community.