SkillsUSA Champions - Spring 2014 : Page 16

toolbox If You’ve Failed to Prepare, You’ve Prepared to Fail et’s face it, even the word sounds boring: “planning.” After all, when there’s a goal you’re after, you want to get to work, not talk. Turns out, planning is part of that work. Effective planning can not only help you reach a goal faster, but can help you get better results, too. As a class, discuss the most important steps in planning a SkillsUSA chapter activity. Write a brief description of what each step entails, and list each step in the order you think it should be performed. Next, check out SkillsUSA’s “Chapter Activity Planner” at: educators/cap.shtml . It’s a free tool designed to make planning for chapter activities an easier and more effective experience. Look at the six steps of planning listed on the Web page. How do they compare to your list? Go through the student module to see how the planner works, then download the tool and use it to plan your next activity. The results are bound to be — dare we say it — exciting! L • As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it. — A ntoine de S Aint -e xupéry Find the photo, win a prize No, the picture on the left isn’t abstract art. It’s actually a distorted part of another photo in this issue. Find the original photo and send us the page number where it appears to win a SkillsUSA sport duffel bag (first prize) or travel mug (second prize). To enter, email your answer, name, address and phone number to: (include “Photo Contest” in the subject line). Or, send to: SkillsUSA Photo Contest, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176. One first-and one second-prize winner will be drawn at random from the correct entries. Entries must be received by March 15. Congratulations to last issue’s winners: Daniel Miller of Henderson, Colo., and Sofia Andersson of Pine Mountain, Ga. • 16 SkillsUSA Champions Spring 2014 Photo: Lloyd Wolf

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