Valerie Hayes, The Pageant Coach™
My career as a pageant coach started out innocently enough. With over 20 years of corporate experience coaching executives on their interviewing and communications skills, I’ve seen a lot of good and bad interviews. Then a family friend asked me to help a contestant prepare to answer a pageant interview question onstage during her local pageant. She won her local pageant and went on to capture her state title and placed in the Top 15 at her national pageant! Soon her friends, and friends-of-friends, were calling for help to prepare for their pageant interview too! Since then, I’ve achieved success at the local, national, and international levels in all the major pageant systems working with contestants on all aspects of their pageant competition.
You may have seen me on CNN where I’ve been featured multiple times as a expert pageant coach and I’ve also appeared on NBC, MTV, and ABC’s Good Morning, America. I’ve been interviewed by both the Washington Post and the New York Times and have been a regularly featured author for pageant magazines. My pageant coaching business has been featured in two business books as an example of how to be a successful business woman. I have created success in my own life and now I mentor and coach women of all ages to create success in their own lives!
My techniques are based on professional speaking skills, press conference strategies and techniques, and monologue skills (used in giving memorized pageant speeches such as in National Teenager, National American Miss, Coed, and Rodeo Pageants). I’m understand the different styles of all the major pageant systems and have successfully coached students at the local, state, and national level.
I’m the Interview Award Sponsor for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen national pageant and the exclusive Platform Development and Pageant Interview Instructor at the Teens in Training Camp sponsored by Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. I’m the official pageant interview coach for Miss Alaska USA, Miss Alaska Teen USA, Miss Arkansas USA, Miss Arkansas Teen USA, Miss Illinois USA, Miss Illinois Teen USA, Miss Kansas USA, Miss Kansas Teen USA, Miss Miss Missouri USA, Miss Missouri Teen USA, Miss Nebraska USA, Miss Nebraska Teen USA, Miss Oklahoma USA, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA, Miss Teen Texas International, Miss Texas International, Mrs. Texas International, Mrs. Kansas United States, Mrs. Missouri United States, Mrs. Tennessee United States and Mrs. Texas United States.
My educational background includes a B.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (which is just a fancy way of saying “helping people to excel based on their own personal gifts and talents”) from the University of Minnesota. I love working with pageant contestants because I think pageants are really about personal development and learning important life skills. I’ve won several Toastmaster’s public speaking awards as well as the Dale Carnegie Outstanding Speaker award.
I love how pageantry changes lives and makes dreams come true and I look forward to contributing to Your Pageant Success!