5 Surprising Secrets to a Winning Pageant Interview

Posted by ValerieHayes. Date: October 16, 2017. Category: Pageant Interview

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times, “Pageants are won in the interview room.”  Why does everyone keep saying that? Well, because it’s true! Your personal interview is the best opportunity for the judges to get to know you. They get a sense of who you are and if you’re ready to be the titleholder. So, if you want to get top scores check out my 5 secrets to a winning pageant interview.

1. Listen, Listen, Listen. Many contestants only listen to the first sentence of the question. After that, they “tune out” the judge and start formulating their answer. While you may think you’re being efficient, the judges can tell that you’re not paying attention. Plus,

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Is It Time To Dump Your Pageant?

Posted by ValerieHayes. Date: October 9, 2017. Category: Pageant Competition

Sometimes contestants compete over and over in pageants that are poorly run and shouldn’t be in business. So, why do contestants continue to enter pageants that they shouldn’t?  Continuing to compete in a bad pageant is like continuing to stay in a bad relationship: you hope that the pageant (the other person) will change and will be better next time.

Continuing to compete in a bad pageant is like continuing to stay in a bad relationship. You hope that the pageant (the other person) will change and will be better next time.

You need to be assertive for yourself in a personal relationship. But did you realize that you also need to be assertive for yourself as a contestant and customer?

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Your Personality Can Make or Break Your Pageant Interview

Posted by ValerieHayes. Date: October 2, 2017. Category: Pageant Competition, Pageant Interview

People often have an idea in their head of the ‘typical’ personality of a titleholder. She’s outgoing, enjoys making appearances and is a friend to everyone she meets. While this is a common stereotype, it doesn’t reflect the diverse personalities of today’s contestant. The trick isn’t to change your personality to a silly stereotype. The trick is to know how your personality can make or break your pageant interview.

Most people think that extroverts have a natural advantage during their personal interview. But my grandmother always told me, “any strength to excess becomes a weakness.” So, if you’re an extrovert, you’ll want to avoid the two most common mistakes made

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5 Reasons You Can’t Achieve Your Pageant Goals

Posted by ValerieHayes. Date: September 26, 2017. Category: Inspiration, Pageant Competition

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

Posted by ValerieHayes. Date: September 18, 2017. Category: Pageant Competition, Pageant Interview

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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