It happens every weekend; contestants worry and obsess about their onstage interview. But worrying just makes you self-conscious and doesn’t do anything to help you answer your question. Worrying about your onstage question is actually the #1 way to ensure a meltdown in the middle of your answer. To get a top score, follow this 3-step no nonsense guide to nailing your onstage question:
1. Focus on slowing down your heart rate and relaxing. Making the Top 5 can feel exciting and distracting, but you must quickly re-focus to answer your onstage question. Take some deep, controlled breaths and repeat to yourself (in your head, not out loud) “relax, breathe, slow down.” Say it over and over while the other contestants are answering their questions and you’re waiting your turn. This simple step will help you focus and put you in the right mindset to deliver a killer onstage answer!
2. Make sure you hear and understand all of your questions. Many contestants are so excited when they’re announced as a Finalist, that they don’t carefully listen to their question. Be sure you fully understand the question and that you heard both the beginning and end. (The words used at the end of a question can completely change the nature of the question.) If you don’t understand the question or missed any part of if, flash your best beauty queen smile and politely ask the Emcee to repeat the question. This technique is also useful if you need to buy yourself a little time to formulate a winning answer!
3. Listen for clues in the question and think it through. No matter how much you prepare, occasionally you’re going to be asked about a topic that you didn’t study. If you listen carefully to the information included in the wording of the question, you can almost always glean enough information to come up with an answer that makes it sound like you’re familiar with that topic.
Here’s an example: If your question is, “A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary wage earners, yet they earn less than men. What does this say about society?” Even if you knew nothing about this subject, if you listen for the clues, you will hear that the question is about women being paid less than men doing the same job. This sounds unfair, so it’s easy to come up with an answer based only on the information in the question: “Women are an important part of the workforce and they should receive equal pay for equal work. We’ve made solid progress, but there’s still room for improvement. Programs like the mention the name of your pageant here, whose goal is to empower women, are beneficial for learning life skills that can lead to career achievement.”
So, the next time the emcee calls your name for the Top 5, remember these no nonsense tips. Creating a winning onstage answer is as simple as 1-2-3!
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