In our last blog post about DECA ELS, one of the highlights of our conference experience was the chance for us to expand our network. Through networking, we were able to develop friendships with members and association officers throughout the world, hear their DECA stories, and even form ship names with several associations: #Calitario and […]Read More
In our last blog post about DECA ELS, one of the highlights of our conference experience was the chance for us to expand our network. Through networking, we were able to develop friendships with members and association officers throughout the world, hear their DECA stories, and even form ship names with several associations: #Calitario and #Calivada!
In all parts of the world and especially in the world of business, networking is one of the most important skills anyone can have. The ability to connect with people is a rewarding process filled with new friendships, opportunities, and ideas, but this skill can only be mastered through experience, so why not start now? DECA conferences are some of the greatest places to meet new people who you wouldn’t have met otherwise!
With that said, here are…
1. Be confident: Networking can be an extremely intimidating process for some people. It’s frightening to go up to a random person and start a conversation; however, remember that you’re not the only one who feels scared to network. There are plenty of others who want to network with you, but they’re just as nervous as you, so go ahead and take the first step! Just take a deep breath, remember that you’re a leader, and go introduce yourself. A strong first impression only requires you to act confident for 7 seconds.
2. Set goals: Always have a goal in mind when you network. Don’t just network for the sake of gaining more social media followers. What are you really looking for? How many people do you want to meet? What about them are you hoping to learn about? Are you aiming to find someone from another state or district?
3. Be genuine: You don’t need to pretend to be someone you’re not to make solid connections. Believe me, when you are yourself, it’s so much easier for you and the people with whom you’re trying to network. People like getting to know the real you, so just be honest and open, and you’ll feel much happier that the friends you’re making know your true self.
4. Give and receive: Let’s be honest, sometimes it gets a little awkward after an introduction because there’s not much else to say, and as easy as it is to start talking about yourself, start asking open questions instead. “Can you tell me about your DECA experience?” “What are some things you do besides DECA?” Be intentional about having balance between you and your friend talking because nothing is worse than meeting someone and realizing you didn’t learn anything about them. As much as we love you and as much as you should love yourself, asking questions and listening are the best ways to start strong friendships.
5. Follow up: Once you’ve established connections and friendships, don’t let them end at the conference! Remember to exchange contact information and keep in touch. You never know when those connections might prove useful in the future!
Now that you know these tips, we know you can do it, good luck, and get networking!
Your California DECA state officers attended DECA’s Emerging Leadership Summit from July 9-11 in Washington D.C. Here, the team learned to host workshops, tell their stories, and be an effective leader who serves others. Additionally, they rode the metro to the DECA Inc. HQ and advocated at the Capitol, all while bonding with officers from […]Read More
Your California DECA state officers attended DECA’s Emerging Leadership Summit from July 9-11 in Washington D.C. Here, the team learned to host workshops, tell their stories, and be an effective leader who serves others. Additionally, they rode the metro to the DECA Inc. HQ and advocated at the Capitol, all while bonding with officers from around the country.
“I loved the practical focus on the how-to’s of expert workshop facilitation – learning how to effectively teach any sort of skills, whether it be competition or leadership development-focused” – Jasmine Tong-Seely
“I learned that to be a leader isn’t to be comfortable, but to constantly challenge yourself to do more and be more, and to serve the people around you” – Christopher Kusumonegoro
The team learned the seven steps to effectively host workshops:
Additionally, Dustin Chiang, former California DECA State President, came in to talk about college and internships. As a current intern for Senator Feinstein in D.C. and current student at Harvard, Dustin has found the perfect way to give back to DECA and leverage his experiences to like-minded rising leaders.
“The D.C. area boasts some of the most impressive and important monuments, and we had the opportunity to see them in the ELS night tour” – David Xu
Team 67 toured The National Archives and saw the original Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. They took pictures at the Lincoln Memorial and rolled down grassy hills at the Washington Monument to admire the height of the structure. They also saw the American flag rise as the bus slowly circled around the Iwo Jima Memorial and swayed to jazz music outside the Capitol.
“DECA offers the most amazing platform for networking, and it’s incredible to now have friends all over the country and in Canada too!” – Cindy Guo
“The most memorable part of the ELS journey was being able to share stories with other associations and understand the struggles and journeys everyone went through to get there” – Dragon Chan
The state officers connected with other association officers from Ontario, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and more. Not only did they bond over how each of them came into office, but they also exchanged contact information in order to stay connected in future months.
Advocacy in the Capitol:
“We Californians are so fortunate to have representatives who support education and DECA. Being able to stand in the most symbolic building in America and take part in producing lasting, tangible change is certainly an experience I will not forget” – Ashton Lam
Team 67 advocated for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the Carl D. Perkins Act, which provides funding for CTE, at the capitol in the offices of Reps. Anna Eshoo, Ro Khanna, Eric Swalwell, and Scott Peters. Previously, they advocated in Sacramento, but advocating at the capitol building was an entirely different experience.
Your state officers have gained new friendships and have matured their voices to advocate for DECA and CTE. They’ve witnessed unforgettable scenery in the city where history comes back to life. But most importantly, they gained so much knowledge and are looking forward to sharing it with you all at the next DECA conference!
California DECA June Newsletter Message From the President With the DECA school year over, June was a time for the officer team to step back and evaluate the year so far. Despite hectic schedules, the team worked to further flesh out plans for the coming year, including a chapter handbook and improved competition materials. In […]Read More
With the DECA school year over, June was a time for the officer team to step back and evaluate the year so far. Despite hectic schedules, the team worked to further flesh out plans for the coming year, including a chapter handbook and improved competition materials. In the coming month of July, the team is attending the Emerging Leader Summit, where they will receive valuable leadership training as well as opportunities to advocate for DECA at the national level.
– David Xu, State President
As the 2016-2017 school year drew to a close, Mission San Jose DECA members celebrated yet another season of competitive excellence, friendships, and unforgettable memories.
“DECA is an experience that not only brings out your competitive side but also teaches you important life skills, including public speaking and time management. It makes you form bonds that turn into amazing relationships when you network with other amazing DECA students,” said Jack Wang, a rising junior and two-year DECA member.
Amidst the rejoicing, Mission San Jose DECA was also quick to get a head-start for the upcoming year. After the new officer team was selected, the chapter held a briefing in which the old team met with the new officers to discuss the responsibilities of chapter office and map out the 2017-2018 school year.
“MSJ DECA gives you a family away from home and makes you become self-dependent through this incredible journey. The MSJ DECA officer team helps out in any way they can and teach us to be dedicated and hardworking throughout the program,” said Mission San Jose DECA’s new chapter president, Emily Zhang.
All in all, Mission San Jose DECA is extremely proud of all of its members and accomplishments this year and awaits future developments with bated breath.