Presentation Tips

Region Leadership Conferences are only days away and many of you will be competing in a presentation event, so here are some quick presentation tips.

  • Look professional- The judges will be evaluating your appearance. This not only includes if what you are wearing is within the dress code, but if you look nervous. Be confident in yourself and your presentation.
  • Act confident- Walk in with a smile introduce yourself to the judges and shake their hands before your presentation starts. This sets up a good setting for a good 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 to everyone competing at RLC, we hope to see you competing at the State Leadership Conference in March.

Fundraising Activity of the Month – Raffles

Lotteries have been one of the most successful business ventures in history, as people are naturally drawn towards large rewards, regardless of how minuscule the odds of winning are. A great fundraiser to host in your chapter, school, or community is a raffle! They are fairly easy to setup and can help raise substantial amounts of money.

The key to a raffle is having an organized method for counting who bought what ticket and ensuring that you reach a wide audience. Another key thing is to incentivize your audience. Ensuring that you have a good prize will create s substantially larger interest from your audience. For example, if doing it within your chapter, you may choose to offer free conference registration, if doing it within your school or community you may set up prizes such as gift cards.

After advertising, the easiest way to track which ticket belongs to which person is through a spreadsheet or any other method electronically. Give your fundraiser a bit of time to build up steam, and after hitting your goal, you can perform the raffle and notify your winners. It’s a great way to raise money, and some people win prizes along the way!

Icebreaker of the Month: January

Coming back to school after a long Christmas break can be quite a struggle. So when you first get members back together to continue the rest of the year why not start with an icebreaker to smooth the way and get people engaged and looking forward to a new year!

Have for members to sit down and reevaluate the year of 2018 and see what goals they set for that year and see if they have accomplished them. If not, encourage the members to achieve those goals in 2019 by creating another vision board or something that can outline their goals and plans for the year.

To encourage members and keep them on track with their goals, have each person to choose an Accountability Partner that will check in and see if they are working towards accomplishing those goals. As leaders, it is essential that we too have accountability partners to help push us along the way.

Social Activity of the Month – Trivia Game

What is the best way to start the new year? A social activity for all your members of course! Consider hosting a trivia event to get your members excited for the second semester. Split members into groups of 2-4, and create at least 15 trivia questions. Social events should be fun, so throw in some lighthearted and fun questions. Give enough time between questions for members to get up and talk between rounds. Put out some food for them to snack on too! Who doesn’t like a good snack during trivia? There should be a prize for the winning team, but it can always be something fun. What matters more is that members have a good experience. Consider playing music during rounds, and just make the atmosphere enjoyable.

With RLC shortly approaching, this is also the perfect environment to speak to your members about competitions in an informal setting. Encourage them to keep practising for their live events, and studying for SLC events. Don’t push too hard though: a social event should take away stress, not add any. Remember to relax, and have fun!

Middle-Level SLC Preview

This year’s Middle-Level SLC is sure to impress at our new venue, the FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, GA. Join us on February 25 for a conference filled with fun, competition, leadership, and workshops. Be sure to complete your registration by January 29 to be a part of this exciting experience. Since registration is only $55, there is no reason to avoid this immersive experience of a lifetime. Don’t forget that some events can qualify your competitors for a spot to compete at the 2019 NLC in San Antonio, TX. We can’t wait to see you in Covington on February 25 for your opportunity to EMERGE at the 2019 Middle-Level State Leadership Conference!