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!

Running for State Office

Ready

If you are ready to elevate your role in FBLA from the regional or state level, I hope this article prepares you well for your future endeavors. A state officer’s position is an experience that requires time, diligence and sacrifices. You must have a strong sense of responsibility and dedication to FBLA. Serving as a state officer is more than just the title; it requires passionate members ready to fulfill their responsibilities in representing this incredible organization with prestige.

Set

Before approaching the application, make sure that your family, school, and community understand the level of commitment you will be making.

Check:

  • that you have reached the prerequisite level of the Business Achievement Awards.
  • You are available for the days that you have FBLA officer duties. These dates are mandatory and if you cannot make them due other conflicts, you will not be allowed to apply.
  • the number of absent days that will occur because of your possible state officer obligations. If it will hinder your good grades, you may consider taking less rigorous courses. Hopefully, you will be able to confirm your classes after determining your candidacy; but sometimes, that may not be the case.
  • talk with your parents, guidance counselor, or adviser about important FBLA dates and plan ahead.

Now that you have assessed if you are capable of holding such a responsibility, you should address these aspirations with your adviser as they must also be able to manage the workload and time with a state officer.

Go

Next, the State Officer Application can be found on the LiveBinder. Completing this task is very intense. From the expected essays and letters of recommendation, there are other very important forms from school administration that must be submitted (eg. transcript, absence/tardies, transportation). Prepare the application binder properly and shipping the application by the deadline which is January 25th.

Mid-February, you will receive an email either confirming or denying your application. If you have made it to the State Officer Candidate Qualifying Round, congrats! The 2019-2020 Georgia FBLA State Executive Council hopes to see you there and wishes you the best of luck!

Public Speaking Tips

Many people get nervous when speaking in front of crowds simply because it is out of their comfort zone. Teachers can use assignments to get students more comfortable with public speaking.

For example, write down easy topics for students to talk about and place them in a hat. Students can then draw a topic from the hat and then take 10 minutes to bounce ideas off of one another and prepare a few bullet points. You should then allow them to talk about that topic for 2 minutes. Topics could range from what is the most important meal of the day to a favorite childhood movie. Topics should stay simple and relatable for everyone.

By creating a safe space for students to challenge themselves in this particular area, you have made it easier for them to develop this important skill. This is an easy way to not only advertise FBLA to non-members, but also to build life skills with all students involved.

  • Act confident- Walk in with a smile introduce yourself to the judges. Be sure to shake their hands before your presentation starts. This establishes a good setting for the presentation.
  • Breathe- You have practiced this presentation countless times and you are ready to show it to the judges. Stay calm, don’t rush through it speak slowly and clearly. If you forget your next line or mess up a word just take a deep breath and keep going.
  • Avoid Fillers- When you can’t think of the right word try to avoid saying words such as “um” “uh” “so” or “like”.

Good Luck!

Classroom Integration Idea of the Month-November

With American Enterprise Day coming up, it’s never too early to start teaching students about the value of the American Free Enterprise System! This month’s classroom integration idea asks students to create their own business. Students can work as groups to deliver a pitch on why their business should get an investment. They will need to create the business’s product, mission, goals, expected customer base, and an estimated profit they expect to earn.

The goal is to teach students the various factors that come along with starting  your own business. It also demonstrates the value of entrepreneurship. To make things more interesting, try offering a prize to the group that  manages to win the investment.

Good luck!