November Social Activity of the Month

November is here! Since Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, it is a good idea to have a Thanksgiving-related social event. A fun activity that your chapter can do is to host a Thanksgiving-related scavenger hunt.

Consider using the free app “Actionbound” found in the App Store or Google play. This app allows a teacher or chapter officer to create questions, clues and a guide to help lead a team of students through the scavenger hunt on their phone. Come up with a prize for the winning team such as a free FBLA chapter t-shirts or candy.

Getting your chapter together for a fun social is a great way to spark engagement in your chapter. It doesn’t take much for the members in your local chapter to relax and enjoy the holiday season together. Hosting an enjoyable social event can increase the overall motivation in your chapter giving your members more excitement to participate in other FBLA events such as conferences and competition.

We wish you the best of luck during your chapter’s social events throughout the school year. Don’t forget to hashtag all of your exciting social event posts with #GAFBLA so members all across the state can see the fun things your chapter is doing!

Region Leadership Conference Preview

Who’s ready for the Region Leadership Conference? Get ready for an exciting opportunity to network, learn, and complete. This is your first stop in your journey to Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah.

With skills, online testing, and technical submissions just around the corner, there’s no time to delay in getting prepared.

For those with a performance event at RLC, remember to wear appropriate Georgia FBLA official dress, which can be found in the Chapter Planning Guide. For all other attendees, professional dress is required.

In addition to competitions, the RLC’s are all complete with interactive workshops, food, and an award ceremony.

Best of luck to all of our competitors! We hope you make it to our State Leadership Conference in Atlanta!

Social Activity of the Month

Social activities for your local chapter of FBLA are great ways to get members involved. As the weather cools and the lefts start to change, think about taking your chapter’s social activities outdoors.

Some great activities to organize for your FBLA members is pumpkin painting contest or visiting a  local corn maze. Or: nothing says fall like football.

For more adventures chapters, you might consider planning a powder puff football game or tailgating at your high school game.

If you’re just a chapter with 25 members or 250 members, social activities get your members active and excited about everything FBLA has to offer.

Exploring Performance Events and Technical Events

Performance events and technical events are two of the largest categories of events that members can participate in. (To find a full list of these events, look in your Chapter Planning Guide.) It is important to distinguish the glaring difference between the two: having to pre-submit.

Performance events do not have a presubmission component, meaning that your entire score on your rubric is comprised of your performance at the conference. Performance events include Business Ethics, Emerging Business Issues, etc. These events are usually a presentation given to judges without any sort of content turned in beforehand.

Technical events include a presubmission, meaning that you have to turn in a product by a certain date before the conference. The specific date for this will be designated in the Chapter Planning Guide (consult with your adviser if you do not have it). Alongside this presubmission, technical events have a performance component as well on certain levels of the competition. Look up your event on our website to see the specific requirements.

Performance and technical events are similar in their inclusion of a presentation within your final score, but weigh the aspects of both before blindly jumping into one. Sure, performance events require less actual “work” (just a short presentation at the conference), but that only places more of an emphasis on your speaking skills and preparation. In other words, to do well, you must polish your presentation to the extreme. Those few minutes of presenting are the only part that matters. Technical events distribute the rubric across more than one component; since your submission has already been scored, there is less riding solely on your presentation at the conference.

Do your research on the events you’ve chosen to make sure you don’t miss a submission deadline and know exactly what you’re expected to do. That way, you can knock it out of the park.

November Meeting Tip of the Month

As the temperature drops and the leaves continue to fall, it’s not uncommon for members to drift through November unmotivated and uninspired. Members are well aware of the competitive events they have chosen, but many see their deadlines as distant and non-concerning.

As officers, you have the opportunity to spark this motivation. Focus your meeting this month not on delivering information, but on presenting an inspiring message to move members to start studying, preparing, and working on their competitive events at this time. If you have a member who has gone far with their competitive event in years past (say, placing at state or even attending nationals!), consider having them speak about their experience.

Ask your members to draft a game plan of their event preparation before RLC rolls around: how will they study, memorize and polish a presentation, or learn the information they need in time? Encourage members to keep this plan clear and detailed.

Competitors that perform well in their events start preparing far in advance; make sure to emphasize this to your members. Some chapters require their members to present their work as it develops. While not necessary, a great way to facilitate this early start is to dedicate a meeting to competitive event planning and preparation.

For members who are not competing, don’t let them miss out on this opportunity to get motivated! Your motivational meeting should cover a wide range: have them get excited about attending future conferences, too!