Official Dress Overview + Competitive Event Changes

FBLA Official Dress is needed in order to compete in all high school performance events at the Region Leadership Conference (RLC) and State Leadership Conference (SLC). Components of official dress include: navy blue blazer with FBLA patch, dress khaki skirt or slacks or a matching navy blue suit with the FBLA patch, white dress shirt, dress shoes (no boots, sandals, or tennis shoes), and the official blue FBLA necktie.

If a skirt is worn,  ensure it is no more than two inches above the knee. The FBLA patch should be sewn over the left chest pocket. We encourage your chapter to show their Georgia FBLA pride by adopting the official dress uniform of Georgia FBLA. 

Be sure to know your competitive event regulations and rubrics before competing. The following are important alterations to FBLA’s competitive events you’ll want to learn about:

  • The report length for Business Plan has been shortened to 15 pages.
  • Now, the top 20 from the RLC objective test for Future Business Leader will advance to SLC.
  • There has been a performance component added to Local Chapter Annual Business Report at SLC and NLC.
  • In Social Media Campaign, the RLC prejudged component has been replaced with a presentation to a panel of judges.
  • No more super teams are allowed in case study events (Banking & Financial Systems, Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Hospitality Management, Management Decision Making, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Network Design, Parliamentary Procedure, and Sports & Entertainment Management) at SLC or NLC. 

Middle Level Competitive Events

Competitive events are the perfect way to demonstrate your business knowledge and earn recognition on stage! GA FBLA offers more than 30 different competitive events for middle-level members, covering a wide range of topics. Some events involve speaking and presenting in front of judges, while others test your knowledge in specific avenues through objective tests. Each competitive event provides the opportunity to challenge yourself and gain experience in a competitive environment. Regardless of what event you choose, remember to practice and study in order to do your best! The knowledge you gain on your competitive event journey will be valuable in high school and beyond in the business world!

For more information on Georgia FBLA-ML competitive events, reference the Chapter Planning Guide.

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.

If you do well, you may find yourself at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas this summer! Good luck to all those competing.

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

Getting Ready for Competitive Events

The Region Leadership Conference is the first step on the path to Nationals! Let’s start the journey with 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.

Use the information listed on fbla-pbl.org and research on your topic so you can master the subject.

2. Understand the Rubric

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

3. Resolve technical difficulties.

Technical difficulties are the biggest nerve-wracking moments when presenting. All of your hard work may depend on a certain video or slide or 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 powerpoint for the judges.

4. Practice and more practice

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

  • This will allow time for building chemistry with your partners, review some technical difficulties, fix mistakes and memorize a smooth delivery.
  • A previous state officer taught me how to practice my enunciation by sticking a pen between my teeth and reciting the speech. When you take it out, your diction will be crisper.
  • 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 line all the way to the introduction may seem funky, but at least for my group, it made us comfortable with our 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 like to be proud of my work whether there is a grade or award attached to it or not. And I think that is the best mindset to have.

 

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

Explore Performance Events and Technical Events

Performance 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. Although these two types of events look similar, the thing that sets these two apart is the presubmission component.

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 comprise of a presubmission, meaning that you have to turn in a product by a certain date before the conference. For example, if I were competing in Mobile Application Development, my presubmission component ( an app ) for SLC would have to be turned in before SLC by the date that is designated in the Chapter Planning Guide. Alongside this presubmission, technical events have a performance component as well on certain levels of the competition.