The queen of interview prep! Valerie Hayes has taught me so many life skills when it comes to speaking and thinking outside the box. She not only helped me win the title of Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen, but she also gave me the confidence to place fourth runner up to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. The time we spent Skyping was so much fun and I will be forever grateful for the numerous “curtsy” moments she has instilled in me!
– Shae Smith, Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen 2019, 4th Runner-up Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2020
Valerie Hayes has been my coach for several pageant seasons and two different pageant systems. She helps you understand and navigate through tough issues so you can decide what you think and then she helps you put your thoughts into words. She is especially helpful on pageant day when she calms your nerves and makes you feel like you can do anything! Valerie is truly a wonderful mentor!
– Mackenzie Peterson, Miss Oregon Teen USA 2019
My career as a pageant coach started out innocently enough...
With over 20 years experience as a human resources professional, I've seen some good interviews and a lot of bad ones. And the worst part is that sometimes people don't even know they don't interview well. When a family friend asked me to help a contestant who'd been through 3 coaches and still couldn't interview I thought, "Sure, why not?" She ended up winning her local pageant and captured 3 titles in 9 months! Pretty soon her friends, and friends-of-friends, were calling asking for help. Click here for my full story.