Introduction to Event Planning

Category: Objective Test/Presentation

Type: Individual, Team

Grade Level: 9-10

Deadline/Testing: At School Testing: February 20 - March 15

Competitor Limit: 2 teams of 1-3 members

Event Guidelines

Objective Test:

  • Team members will take the online objective test collaboratively at the local school at the designated time prior to the State Leadership Conference.
  • A proctor will administer the event using a prescribed set of instructions by a person other than the FBLA chapter adviser. The proctor can be another staff member, such as the technology coordinator, guidance counselor, or teacher.
  • The state office will email chapter advisers the instructions as well as the logon and password information prior to the testing dates.
  • All team members must be present to take the online test. Team members, not present at testing, are not eligible to advance to the performance. If a team consists of only two members and one team member does not test, the team does not qualify for any recognition.
  • Team members may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing calculators, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed.
  • The top 5 teams with the highest test scores will be scheduled for the performance component of the event. The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person at the state office and announced prior to the conference.


  • Members of the five (5) finalist teams meet for instructions thirty (30) minutes before each team’s scheduled performance. Team members will not be sequestered.
  • Teams receive a role-play scenario twenty (20) minutes prior to their scheduled event time. Judges receive a copy of the role-play scenario along with suggested questions to ask during each performance.
  • Two (2) 4” x 6” note cards will be provided to each competitor and may be used during event preparation and performance. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Notecards will be collected following the presentation.
  • No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the preparation or performance.
  • Team members have seven (7) minutes to interact with a panel of judges and present their solution to the case.
  • Teams should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case.
  • All team members should actively participate in the performance.
  • All questions raised in the case must be addressed during the presentation.
  • A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes (warning) and again at seven (7) minutes (time up).
  • The performance is open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event.
  • All electronic devices must be turned off. No audio or video recording will be allowed.


  • Event management customer service skills
  • management skills for successful event planners
  • event staffing
  • legal aspects of event planning
  • convention management
  • designing and executing an event
  • crowd control at an event
  • pricing for events
  • event planning careers
  • supply chain management for an event


Each local chapter may enter one team of one (1) to three (3) members from Grades 9 through 10. Each participant must pay the SLC registration fee and attend the State Leadership Conference.


The objective test will be machine graded. The top five (5) teams with the highest score will advance to the presentation portion of the event. A panel of judges will evaluate the performances to determine the winners. Team places one to five are determined by weighting 20% team test score and 80% team performance score. The objective test score will be used to determine the final rank in case of a tie.
The objective test score will determine places for teams not advancing to the performance portion of the event. Ties on the objective test will be broken based on time. All judges’ decisions are final.

Who Goes to Nationals?

The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Hospitality Management event at the National Leadership Conference. No team members has placed in the top 10 for this event at a previous National Leadership Conference.