This week, Missouri FCCLA state officers will be blogging from Washington, DC as they experience "Capitol Leadership."
Capitol Leadership: Washington, DC Day 1
Capitol Leadership started off with a bang on October 10, 2010. Missouri FCCLA officers Cara Gooch, Courtney Kirby, Alexa Faries, Emily Blackburn, Regional 2 officer Caleb Hearon, and advisors Tricia Seibert, Kim Voss, and Kristy Christy flew out from Kansas City or St. Louis early this morning, and met at the Washington Dulles Airport. We were really excited to begin our DC adventure as we took a shuttle to the beautiful Omni Shoreham Hotel. With our stomachs empty we walked down to Chipotle and got some food. Stomachs full and ready to go we registered and started on our leadership training!
As our first team leadership activity we had to build the tallest tower with water cups, popsicle sticks, and a roll of masking tape. Next we talked about professionalism and how you should dress when representing FCCLA. Then we went to an etiquette dinner sponsored by The Art Institutes. We got the chance to practice our etiquette skills and meet more people. After dinner we went back and split up into four groups. We came up with ideas on how to market FCCLA and make it a known brand. Also we wrote down SMART Goals for ourselves and the state of Missouri. SMART Goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Missouri got the opportunity to put their communication skills to the test. We had to get a task down without talking to one another. The point of the activity is that you need to have good communication and listening skills to get a task completed. Lastly we talked about leaders in life and what they have done that makes them such a good leader.
Even though our first day in this beautiful city of Washington, DC is coming to an end; we have been able to look at different types of leadership skills and see how we should represent FCCLA. Look out for more information on what we are learning about while in Washington, DC.