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Competitions for March 15th, 2012 PFP Conference

Preparing for Professions Competitions

The competitions provide opportunities for students to demonstrate a variety of skills to potential employers. Those skills include the ability to present, to think clearly, to find creative solutions, to persuasively articulate a position, to work hard, to be adaptable and, in one area of competition, to work in teams. Competitions are divided into two main categories: Individual and Team. Each category will have two winners, a Students' Choice award and a Judges Award. Prizes for the Students Choice Award are an IPOD Nano. Judges Award recipients will receive a Kindle Fire.

Individual Competition Category

The competition is open to all current LDS Business College students, full or part-time. Students competing in the individual competition may also compete in the team category, but they must be present at each individual and team presentation.
Students compete individually in one of two areas.You choose the area of your competition:
  1. Me in 2 minutes.
  2. ‘The Art of Storytelling’ speech
  • You will compete against other students.One winner will advance from each competition to the next round.
  • Judging criteria are outlined below under each area of competition.
  • Judges will consist of faculty and/or employers in early rounds, and employers in later rounds.
  • Winners will receive prizes.
  • To sign up for individual competition visit ldsbc.edu/pfp or complete one of the paper forms available on campus or at the Career Services Center in Room 413.

Me in 2 Minutes

This is a timed competition where you will describe the contributions you can make in your field.You will outline why an employer should hire you.Your presentation should center on outlining strengths that you have, examples of those strengths and tangible results.Your presentation will be strong if your results are tied to a financial impact.

Competition Procedures

  • To sign up, visit ldsbc.edu/pfp or complete one of the paper forms available on campus or at the Career Services Center in Room 413.
  • You must be present in your assigned room at the competition time.If you miss your start time, you will be disqualified.
  • You will be randomly pitted against one or more other students in each round.Winners will advance to the next round.
  • You will have five minutes to make your presentation.
  • Judges will consist of faculty and/or employers in early rounds, and employers in later rounds.
  • There will be two final winners—A Students’ Choice Award selected from among the semi-finalists by students, and the Grand Winner selected by judges.You are encouraged to bring other students to the competition to aid in the Students’ Choice Award.
  • Winners will receive prizes.

Judges will use four criteria in selecting winners:

  1. The ability to articulate their strengths
  2. The power of their examples
  3. The tangibility of the results that came from applying their strengths
  4. The student’s general presentation and deportment

Timeline and Deadlines

  • You must sign up no later than 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13.To sign up, visit ldsbc.edu/pfp or complete one of the paper forms available on campus or at the Career Services Center in Room 413.
  • You will receive your competition schedule on Thursday, March 15, at a registration desk near the Multi-purpose Room.
  • Competitions will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, and may last into the early evening, depending on the number of competitors.

The Art of Storytelling Speech

This is a timed, five-minute speech which uses, as its main device, a story to make a compelling argument.

Competition Procedures

  • To sign up, visit ldsbc.edu/pfp or complete one of the paper forms available on campus or at the Career Services Center in Room 413.
  • You must be present in your assigned room at the competition time.If you miss your start time, you will be disqualified.
  • You will be randomly pitted against one or more other students in each round.Winners will advance to the next round.
  • You will have five minutes to make your presentation.
  • Judges will consist of faculty and/or employers in early rounds, and employers in later rounds.
  • There will be two final winners—A Students’ Choice Award selected from among the semi-finalists by students, and the Grand Winner selected by judges.You are encouraged to bring other students to the competition to aid in the Students’ Choice Award.
  • Winners will receive prizes.

Judges will use five criteria in selecting winners:

  1. Did you arouse emotions? (Remember stories are not lists or raw facts.)
  2. Did you grasp the audience interest?
  3. Did you leave a message that will get passed on, i.e., a re-telling of your story?
  4. Did your story unite your audience around what you are sharing?
  5. Did your story begin with an unexpected challenge or communication?

Timeline and Deadlines

  • You must sign up no later than 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13.To sign up, visit ldsbc.edu/pfp or complete one of the paper forms available on campus or at the Career Services Center in Room 413.
  • You will receive your competition schedule on Thursday, March 15, at a registration desk near the Multi-purpose Room.
  • Competitions will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, and may last into the early evening, depending on the number of competitors.

Prompts to help you prepare:

  • Can you remember a time when you broke something that belonged to someone else?
  • Can you remember a trip that you would not want to have to take again?
  • Can you remember a party or a date you didn’t want to go to begin with?
  • Can you remember a night your parents never found out about?
  • Can you remember a time when you got sick at a very inconvenient moment?
  • Can you remember a birthday or holiday you would like or not like to love over again?
  • Can you remember a time when your first impression of someone turned out to be completely wrong?
  • Can you remember a time when you totally forgot an important date or appointment?
  • Can you remember a problem with haircut, makeup, article of clothing?
  • Can you remember a time when you were tricked or lied to?
  • Can you tell us about a person who you wanted to be like when you grew up?
  • Can you tell us about a memorable person you once worked with or for?
  • Can you tell us about a person who once had something you wanted?
  • Can you tell us about a person at whose home you sometimes spent the night?
  • Can you tell us about the person for whom you were named?
  • Can you tell us about one your grandmothers or grandfathers?
  • Can you introduce us to someone at your class reunion?
  • Can you tell us about the first person you had a crush on?
  • Can you take us to visit you childhood hiding place or special thinking place?
  • Can you take us to a special place where you like to go for walks for picnics?
  • Take us on a visit to your childhood doctor’s office.
  • Take us to school with you during one of your favorite years in school
  • Take us on a childhood shopping trip with your mother or another family member.
  • Takes us on a visit to your favorite childhood store.
  • Take us on a walk around the neighborhood or rural area where you lived as a child.
  • Take us with you when you had to move from one home to another.

Team Competition Category

This is a timed, team presentation where you will use skills learned in your academic program to solve a case study.Your team will answer the issues raised in the case study.

Team Makeup and Procedures

  • Teams will consist of exactly five members, with at least three being from different programs.We define programs in categories that include Business, Accounting, Technology, Health Professions, Interior Design, and Business Administration/Paralegal.
  • You can sign up as a team or individually.If you sign up individually, you will be randomly assigned a team.
  • To sign up for team competition, visit ldsbc.edu/pfp or complete one of the paper forms available on campus or at the Career Services Center in Room 413.
  • All team members must be present at the competition.If all team members are not there, the team forfeits.
  • Teams will be randomly pitted against one or more other teams in each round.Your team will be randomly assigned to compete against other teams.
  • Teams will have 8 minutes to make their presentation.
  • Judges will have up to five minutes for questions.
  • Judges will consist of faculty and/or employers in early rounds, and employers in later rounds.
  • There will be two final winners—A Students’ Choice Award selected from among the semi-finalists by students, and the Grand Winner selected by judges.You are encouraged to bring fellow students to the competitions to aid in the Students’ Choice Award.
  • Winners will receive prizes.

Judges will use four criteria in selecting winners:

  1. Viability of the proposed solution.Creativity may be part of your solution, but be sure to demonstrate, as much as possible, that your ideas will work.
  2. The comprehensiveness of your approach.Did you consider all the critical issues involved in the case?
  3. Demonstration of an understanding of the core issues. Can you clearly articulate the key points and areas of concern?Did you stay focused on those issues?
  4. Strength and professionalism of the team’s presentation and executive summary.Is the presentation clear and compelling?Is the summary well written and cleanly organized?Are you appropriate dressed for the presentation?Were the presenters articulate and prepared?

Timeline and Deadlines

  • The case study will be available at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, in Room 413.It is your responsibility to pick up the case study.
  • You must sign up for team competition before 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 13.
  • Submit five copies of a printed, written executive summary of the team’s presentation no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.No late submissions will be accepted.The Executive Summary should be no more than two pages.Submit Executive Summaries to Career Services, Room 413.
  • Bring your presentation on a thumb drive.The time schedule makes it difficult to set up individual computers.
  • You will receive your competition schedule on Thursday, March 15, at a registration desk near the Multi-purpose Room.
  • Competitions will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, and may last into the early evening, depending on the number of competitors.

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