The national center has provided materials to help with preparation for FBLA Competitive Events. By clicking on the event, a list of all the information for that event will appear. The competency PDF that is linked has the same competencies that are provided to test writers. By studying these competencies, or more specifically, the items that are unfamiliar, you increase your odds of being able to excel during the test. There are also a few sample questions available. All questions are multiple-choice, but written based on the competencies.
There are several things that can be done to prepare for a performance event:
1.) Know what is expected. Read all you can about the event. Is there a topic? What is the time limit? Will there be a Q&A at the end?
2.) Review the rating sheet. This sheet is what judges will use to score performances, so knowing what is expected is critical.
3.) Practice. Practice in front of classmates. Practice in front of family. Practice in front of local business partners. Practice in front of teachers and administrators. Have each of them complete a rating sheet and encourage them to be completely honest. Use the feedback to improve your performance.
4.) Memorize. Yes, you can have a note card in your pocket, but the people who walk across the stage at NLC have completely memorized their performances. Practice until you know your performance from memory.
5.) Watch others. YouTube and SchoolTube have performances that are posted from not only national events, but from other state competitions. Watch as much as you can. Use the rating sheets to rate their performances and see what they did that was good and what could be done to make yours better, too.
6.) Don’t forget to shake hands with the judges and thank them for their time! While this seems simple, it can make the difference between making finals or not.
The written report is important. It constitutes 2/3 of the total score, so getting each possible point is incredibly important. These events, with the exception of Local Chapter Annual Business Report, will have a preliminary performance for all competitors, so be sure to look at the tips for prepared performances. Some report tips include:
1.) Review the event description and requirements. What is the purpose of the report?
2.) Review the report rating sheet. Does the report cover all the required content?
3.) Be unique. Do not just take last years report and change names and dates.
4.) Proofread. You cannot have your report read too many times to catch both spelling and grammatical errors.
5.) Use graphics. While the overwhelming majority should be text, you can be creative in the use of pictures and other graphics.
As of August 2021, the Professional Division has been retired and will now function as the FBLA Alumni & Professional Network (working name). Information for alumni and professional members interested in joining is coming soon! Please contact Elena Daly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.