Valerie Hayes
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5 Reasons You Can’t Achieve Your Pageant Goals
You pick out a pageant, send in your entry fee, and start searching for the perfect evening gown. Then, you surf the web for hair and makeup ideas and research last year's Top 5 contestants. You do everything you can think of to do well at the pageant, but don't end up winning or even getting a placement. You pack up the car, totally depressed, feeling like you just can't achieve your pageant goals. So you pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and make a plan to improve for your next pageant. You create a pageant prep checklist, take walking lessons, and read a list of possible interview questions. And you still don't place or win. You're ready to pull your
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How to Answer the Miss America Fill-in the Blank Question
Prior to this year's competition, the Miss America Organization announced the addition of a personality question. Each of the Top 7 contestants would answer a question that was meant to show "who they are." While most of the questions were about topics you've probably prepared for, one of the answers was clearly unexpected. Miss Louisiana was asked, "Please fill in the blank. I know a lot of people love it, but I think ___ is totally overrated.” My heart sank when I heard her question because while it sounds pretty simple, it's actually not the type of question most contestants prepare to answer. And, unfortunately, her answer showed that she had not practiced this type of question.
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Scoring the Miss America Top 5 Questions
Watching the Miss America pageant is always a fun way to spend an evening. But, the moment the winner is crowned I start receiving text messages asking what I thought of the Top 5 Questions. So here are last night’s Miss America Top 5 Questions, how I would score the answers, and some pageant coaching tips to improve your onstage interview. Question 1: “There are multiple investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia on the election. Well, did they? You’re the jury: guilty or innocent? And please explain your verdict.” Answer, Miss Missouri: “Right now, I would have to say innocent, because not enough information has been revealed. We are still
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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 win their pageants interview too!
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Expert Pageant Coaching at Local, State, National and International levels:
  • Personal Platform Development
  • Appearance Strategy
  • Papework Preparation
  • Pageant Interview Content Development
  • Interview Skill Development
  • Current Events Coaching
  • Talent Analysis
  • Competition Wardrobe & Image Consultation
  • On-stage Modeling Analysis
  • Competition Mindset Coaching