Many Creed Speakers make the mistake of focusing the bulk of their energy on memorizing the FFA Creed, but becoming a successful at the FFA Creed CDE involves much more. Once you have conquered reciting the FFA Creed correctly, you need to work to make yourself stand out from the competition. Looking at the CDE scorecard you may notice that although you lose points for missing words, the actual scoring is based on Oral Communication, Non-verbal Communication, and Question Answers.
You need to understand that the Creed is more than reciting the correct words. 40% of the points come from eye contact, mannerisms, gestures, and poise. Speaking without hesitation, pace, tone, pronunciation, and volume contributes another 20% of the total score. The other 40% of the points are awarded for answering the questions comfortably, in detail, and with specific examples. So how can you improve your score in these areas? Let's look at five ways to develop your Creed Speaking skills.
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The Ag Sales CDE is one of those contests that is hard to participate in just from reading the CDE guidelines. Much like the Parliamentary Procedure CDE, until you've seen it demonstrated you don't really "get it". However a few suggestions can go a long way towards taking your team from just showing up to placing.
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