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PREPARING FOR PRESENTATION-BASED COMPETITIVE EVENTS (3/13/2017) by David Woodside, former BPA State & National Officer | Delaware Alumni Member
As our organization prepares itself for the 51st National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, many months of preparation and work are coming together to ensure an incredible experience for all attending members, advisors, and volunteers. However, in State Associations across the nation, students who have performed well in their state competitions are preparing in a different way - fine-tuning their projects and presentations in the hopes of hoisting a plaque at this year’s grand awards ceremony. Preparing for presentation-based competitive events can be difficult because there is little room for error, but, with proper practice and by following these few tips, any team can look like polished professionals.
Overall, the keys to success at the NLC are in the preparation. Take the advice you received from your judges at state competitions, improve your project and presentation, and ask for more constructive criticism from as many people as you can. But most of all, have fun! The NLC is a fantastic opportunity to explore a new city, learn new skills, and meet exciting new people. Competitive events are exciting and hopefully these tips help your skills, but whether you win or lose this May, make sure you have a good time doing it!
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