Tips for Teams: 20 Ways to Rule this Season

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Tips for Teams: 20 Ways to Rule this Season

September 29, 2015

Written by Tina Shaffer

Recently, we asked some of our young, veteran DI-ers to give one piece of advice to a team just starting out. From the importance of teamwork to learning from failure to the fun of duct tape, we put together a list of tips for our new students to keep in mind this season as they travel on their creative journey. Check out our Top 20:  

  1. “Take some time before you start intense work on your Challenge to really get to know your team members, including their strengths and weaknesses, so that you know what your team is capable of doing and who should take charge of certain tasks if you need to split up.” – Emma
  2. “There may be tears and sweat and long wasted days. But there will also be productive days, happy days, and amazing ones where everything goes just as planned. Trust me, it is ALL worth it. And you may not realize it, but you are learning how to deal with real-world problems. Don’t quit!” – Evan
  3. “It might seem like you have a TON of time, but every practice counts. Don’t waste time!” – Bella
  4. “Add tons of detail to your set and make your skit understandable because even though you know your story really well, it will be the first time your Appraisers hear it.” – Anonymous
  5. “Don’t get discouraged when things aren’t working out. Always look to your team for help because that’s what they’re there for. In the end, the feeling you’ll get when you perform in front of an audience for the first time is worth all the headaches and late night practices. Most importantly, have fun! – Emily
  6. “Your performance starts the second you step through the door, so walk in with a smile.” – Vivian
  7. “Don’t feel bad if something doesn’t work out the first time you try. It’s all about trial and error, and remember to always work together because that’s when you end up with what you want.” – Sharada
  8. “May sure you have duct tape, cardboard, and willpower. And if you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.” – Cameron
  9. “Have fun and remember that everyone’s opinion is valuable.” – Emily
  10. “For Instant Challenges, assign roles to guarantee that your Challenge will be productive and consist of little to no arguing. As for the Team Challenge, don’t get psyched out when you’re about to perform.”– Emily
  11. “Believe in each other – TRUST IS KEY!” – Brooke
  12. “Push yourself to think outside of your comfort zone and challenge each other to make something that will wow the Appraisers.” – Lane
  13. “No matter how much you think your idea is crazy, mention it. EVERY idea is awesome.”– Tom
  14. “If you think that your idea is perfect, make it better!” – Faith
  15. “Even if you’re starting on a team with some people you don’t know too well, now is the time to be your complete, silly and ridiculous self. DI is about getting to be yourself around your team members (who, by the way, will turn into your best friends) and celebrating the fun and creative ideas that come out of it. And if they have a problem with you being you (which they absolutely won’t) then they aren’t the right team for you.” – Erika
  16. “Never look back, always forward. Things don’t always go as planned. Making it to Globals is amazing, but the ultimate goal should be to have fun and be creative.” – Noah
  17. “You and your team will probably fight at some point, but it’s not the end if the world. As a team, you have to work past it.” – Kara
  18. “If it doesn’t say you can’t, you can. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” – Liliana
  19. “Listen to each other and push everything to the limit. If you put your minds to it, you can be unstoppable!” – Ian
  20. “At the end of the day, DI is not about to the tournament or your score, it’s about the journey.  Make sure you enjoy it and put something onstage that you really love.” – Caitlin 

What piece of advice would you give to teams just starting out this season? Let us know in the comments below. 


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