Governor’s Letters

Member Maisi C and former members due to graduation Jillian G and Jordan S. each received a letter from Governor Brian Kemp in recognition of their hard work and representation of Georgia at FBLA Nationals in June and July. Students were honored to receive the recognition from the Governor and the letters along with the achievements of these young ladies have inspired others to aspire for greatness. We are looking forward to achieving greatness at Nationals again this coming year.

Bleckley High Beaks Membership Recruitment Goals

We are super proud of our local chapter and their efforts to grow our program. Last year we had less than 40 members. Our initial goal was 40 members. We met this goal within the first week of school. Our next goal was to make it to 50. We nailed that within two weeks and now we have met our third goal and obtained a membership of 60. That is nearly double last year’s membership. We have had several members really step it up with recruitment starting with our officers. Three officers have obtained Membership Madness and three have obtained Membership Mania. We could not be prouder of our group and we are not ready to stop here. Our next goal is 75! We cannot wait to meet it.

Explore Written Events and Skills Events

Georgia FBLA has a wide variety of competitive events starting at the Region Leadership Conference as well as the State Leadership Conference. Some of these events involve speaking and presenting in front of judges, while others test your business knowledge in specific avenues. These writing and skills events consist of hour-long objective tests and are perfect ways to show your technical knowledge.

The State Officers this year have created a flowchart to help you identify which events fit into your interests and strengths. You can find the flowchart here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JvBwuOrLQzo95IM3w_iJZI6UQhRG_fqs/view?usp=sharing

To prepare for your event, here are a few competitive event tips for success:

1. Find resources.

Your adviser may have study material, the Internet definitely has flashcards, and veteran competitors have advice for you. It is your job to go hunt for those resources that may propel you to the next level.

For performance and presentation events, its useful to search online for videos of previous competitors.

Most importantly, check in with your advisers on what resources your chapter has to assist you.

Use the information listed on fbla-pbl.org and research on your topic so you can master the subject. You can find reports of national winners from the previous year.

2. Understand the rubric.

Make sure you don’t get penalty points: follow the time limit and meet the dress code expectations.

3. Resolve technical difficulties.

Technical difficulties can be nerve-wracking moments when presenting. All of your hard work may depend on a certain video/slide/picture and that may glitch the rest of your delivery.

  • First, if you don’t have a backup, don’t stress out. Judges understand these mishaps, so brushing it off and briefly explaining what they’ve missed from the technical problem and moving on can be the best approach.
  • However, you can plan ahead by having a backup. In case a presentation does not show up on a projector, show it on a laptop. And then have another backup, if you really need to. If the laptop suddenly restarts, have PDF copies of the slideshow/presentation for the judges.

4. Practice and more practice.

Give yourself and your team an adequate amount of  time for practicing the final product.

  • This will allow time for building chemistry with your partners, reviewing some technical difficulties, fixing mistakes, and memorizing for a smooth delivery.
  • Practice your enunciation by sticking a pen between your teeth and reciting the speech. When you take it out, your diction will be clearer.
  • Another fun way to know that you have mastered your product is saying your script backward with your partner. Saying the conclusion and then alternating your lines all the way to the introduction may seem odd, but it may make you and your team more comfortable with the lines.
  • A good reminder when practicing is to never recite in a robotic manner. Every time you practice, your speed and intonation should reflect on how you will actually deliver. Keep it natural and fun!

5. Be proud!

Smile and be confident in yourself. You’ve put hard work into this project and you deserve to share it to the world.

I hope this serves you well and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!

To find out more about all competitive events, visit http://georgiafbla.org/competitive-events/.

September Meeting Tip of The Month

Keeping members engaged during chapter meetings can be a constant struggle for the leadership of any chapter, no matter the size, time, or place. Universally, successful chapter leaders have to innovate to keep things fresh and interesting for their members. This means breaking up all the “usual” activities–  information dumps, preaching moments about the “benefits of FBLA”, and announcements — with something that engages everyone in the room. While it’s only appropriate to have in certain instances, an icebreaker can go a long way in achieving just this.

To pull this off, you might have to “push” the group into participation; often, people expecting to sit through another boring slideshow presentation are less inclined to be enthused for anything else. It’s a leader’s job to cultivate this enthusiasm: be loud (but not obnoxious), encouraging (but not forceful), and willing to teach (but not controlling)!

Before throwing them in at random points in your meeting schedule, be sure to consider what an icebreaker really is. It’s a fun game meant to familiarize your members with each other, either by sharing names or getting everyone comfortable. Take note: this means an icebreaker doesn’t necessarily fit when all your members know each other fairly well. The start of the year, however, is a perfect place to include them.

If you’re at a loss for specific icebreakers to include at your meetings, you’re in luck! There’s an “Icebreaker of the Month” article posted periodically on this blog, meaning there are dozens of ideas for you to choose from!

If you’re questioning if it’ll have an effect on your member engagement, give it a try! I promise you’ll notice fewer slumped faces and more wide smiles in no time.

Feel Like You’re Missing Out? Get More Involved With FBLA!

You can immediately become an important part of a much bigger organization by attending local chapter meetings and participating regularly. Travel with your local chapter to attend state and national FBLA conferences such as the Fall Motivational Rally held in Perry, GA and also FLC in Athens.

Already involved and ready to go to the next level? Pick a competitive event and represent your local chapter by competing with FBLA starting at region events. If you qualify, you will move to the State Leadership Conference held in heart of the city of Atlanta, GA, with the possibility of qualifying for Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah in the summer of 2020!

Georgia FBLA is also always looking for outstanding candidates for Region and State Officers. This is the pinnacle of student leadership experiences. Don’t miss out on these opportunites!