Preparing for a writing competition can be scary or even intimidating. You never get used to the thought of having someone else read and gauge your work, especially against others. How much effort you put into preparing for the competition plays a huge role in how you ace it.
This article gives you easy tips on how you can prepare for a writing competition themed around leadership and management.
Research the Competition Requirements
The first step is to understand the rules and requirements of the competition. Pay attention to the dos and don’ts of the competition. Pay attention to the conditions, language, and rights you will give to the organisers by entering the competition. Get to know the organiser, the topic covered, mode of write-up presentation, physical or online, and the judges involved.
Understand the Goals of The Competition
Each competition has its primary goals, including informing, educating, raising awareness, or evoking a discussion on leadership and management. This knowledge will determine the writing style to use in your write-up. Check previous write-ups from winners of a similarly themed competition to understand what is expected in terms of format, language, content, length, and tone.
Read Extensively on Leadership and Management
Read widely on the organiser’s topic, other people’s online works and books and form your own opinion. Having an original, authentic, and unique voice on the subject is critical to acing the competition. Judges will ignore anything that looks generic, so try to be appealing yet different.
Draft a sample essay on leadership and management to gauge yourself. Check on your grammar, sentence construction, spelling, punctuation, format and speed. Grammar is among the final factors judges will use to eliminate entrants to remain with the best. Have someone else check your work. A third eye is always keen and will notice things that you may have missed.