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Winning Tips for Pageant Success!!!!

From:  Carrie Neet
 
Here are tips I give my girls in the local pageant I direct
 
Interview

The judge's interview is your opportunity to let the judges know who you are. You are scored on poise, self-confidence and ease in talking to an adult. In some pageants, this is considered the most important required event. Not to put the pressure on, but this is where the pageant is won or lost. In pageantry, the combination of intelligence and personality define the pinnacle of the competition. True, interview time allotment is often quite brief, but even so, the cream rises to the top. The biggest consideration of Interviews is finding someone who can handle the pressure and responsibility of the title. In the year of your reign, you will have to "dance on your feet" by meeting with the leaders of your community.

  • Winning Image

Create a winning image both with your body language and your outfit. Judges are

looking at your appearance, outfit, grooming, self-confidence, and your ability to

express your opinions and to think and speak clearly.

  • First Impressions

You never have a second chance to make a first impression!

  • The Interview Outfit

Interview outfit should be conservative in appearance and appropriate for a job

interview. Skirt or dress length should be no shorter than one inch above the

knee. Shoes and hose should compliment the outfit.

  • Portray Self-confidence

Exhibit grace and poise from the time you enter the judges' room to the time you

leave. Strive to appear self-confident even if you are nervous. Make eye contact with

the judges! Looking directly at the judges will show them that you are self confident

and honest. When answering a question, being able to give more than just the

answer demonstrates to the judge your confidence level.

  • Vocabulary and grammar are very important

Eliminate words like yea, um, you know, like and well from your vocabulary.

  • Listening Skills are Critical

Are you really listening to the question or are you hearing what you want or expect to

hear. Slow down and listen, stop and think before you answer. It is most important to

answer the question.

  • Eye Contact

If you are truly happy to be there, enjoying yourself and genuinely interested in the

conversation, you can see it in the sparkle of the eyes!

  • Body Language

Do not slouch. Sit up straight and lean in slightly toward the judge to project your

interest in what he or she is saying. Keep your feet and legs still. You will appear

nervous if you bounce or shake them. Keep your feet flat on the floor or turn your

knees to one side and cross your ankles. Make eye contact with the judges! Smile,

it sets the tone for your interview.

  • Direct Answers

The way you present your answer is just as important as what you say. Always

answer your questions in a positive manner. Never put yourself or others down.

Judges are looking for a sense of values, strong character and convictions. They are

also interested in your general knowledge.

  • The Best Answer

The best answer has a personal story in it. Paint a picture for the judges with your

words. Tell them what you think about the subject. After all, they are interested in your

opinion. Giving your opinion is an indicator of your confidence level.

  • Use Humor

Judges want to have fun too! Just make sure the humor is appropriate.

  • Practice...Prepare...Visualize

Practice interviewing with your friends or family members. Practice in front of a

mirror. Have someone video tape you practicing. Review the tape and practice

areas you feel need improvement. Practicing is not the same as memorizing.

Remember that preparation based upon memorization is not successful! Think

positive. Think about success. Tell yourself, You WILL have a successful interview.

Set your goal. Visualize success!

  • Questions Come from Three Areas

Questions to find out more about you. Questions about what is going on around you

(your family, school, community, state, world). Questions asking your opinion (judges

use these as an indicator of your confidence level). Questions don't always have a

"right" or "wrong" answer (opinions questions). Judges want to know your answer,

they usually aren't looking for a specific answer.

  • BE YOURSELF

It is important to be yourself, but you are working with a limited time with judges, and

they can't read your mind.

  • EXAMPLE QUESTIONS

Join the Five-A-Week-Club fiveaweek-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and receive five FREE pageant interview practice questions in your weekly e-mail. Since the Five-A-Week Club began in 1999, hundreds of contestants, parents, coaches, directors and judges are better prepared for interviews than ever before. There are questions on all sorts of subjects, questions of fact, questions of opinion, questions that have no single right answer. The questions are similar to those sprung on contestants during their personal interview or on-stage questioning and have topics that range from politics to vanity.


From:  Carrie Neet
 
Here are tips I give my girls in the local pageant I direct
 
Poise and Appearance


This event is where you introduce yourself to the judges. In most cases it is your first contact with the judges. Remember that first impressions are lasting impressions! Judges are voting for the delegate who makes them pay attention. Personality, confidence, grace, and presentation are the ingredients of success in which the title is based.

  • Image

Create a winning image both with your body language and your outfit

  • Outfit should display personality

Select an outfit that fits your personality

  • What to Wear

Younger girls may wear a nice dress, Teens should wear a suit

  • Dress length should not distract judges

Skirt or dress length should be no shorter than one inch above the knee

  • Accessories should compliment

Shoes and hose should compliment the outfit

  • Don't distract from your face

Jewelry should be conservative and not distract from your face or outfit

  • Make yourself heard

Project your voice so you may be easily heard

  • Body Language

Don't act shy or bored.

  • Confidence

Portray confidence in your posture, words and voice inflection

  • Eye Contact

Make eye contact with each judge. If you are truly happy to be there, enjoying yourself

and genuinely interested in the conversation, you can see it in the sparkle of the

eyes!

  • Show YOUR Personality

Smile and let your personality shine, just remember to be real and be yourself!

  • Model Stance

Your posture is the most important factor. Judges are looking for a contestant who

holds her head high and keeps her back and shoulders straight. The pageant stance

judges are looking for is called the Model T. To stand in a Model-T, imagine that you

are standing on the face of a clock. Place your right foot in front with your big toe

pointing toward 12 o'clock. The arch of your left foot should nearly touch the back

heel of your right foot. The big toe on your left foot should point toward 10 o'clock.

  • Introduction

You walk in, assume the model stance, pause and then introduce yourself by saying

your name, hometown and something about yourself that you would like the judges to

know. You may tell them about your ambition, a hobby you enjoy, a special award you

have received, etc. Make your intro memorable by adding a hook the judges will

remember.

  • TURN

You will also be required to pivot and turn. To Pivot, stand in a Model T position.

Take a small step with your back foot and place it directly in front of the foot that is

pointing to 12 o'clock. On the balls of your feet, pivot making a 180-degree turn. You

should end up in the Model T position facing in the opposite direction from your

starting position. To make a complete turn, repeat the steps above.

 

From:  Carrie Neet
 
Here are tips I give my girls in the local pageant I direct
 
Personality Projection

This event is an opportunity to let your personality shine through free style modeling of sports/casual wear. Judges are voting for the delegate who makes them pay attention. Personality, confidence, grace, and presentation are the ingredients of success in which the title is based.

  • Image

Create a winning image both with your body language and your outfit.

  • Choosing the Outfit

Select an outfit that fits or expresses your personality.

  • Body Language

The stage is yours. Don't act shy or bored. Have fun. Let the judges see your

personality!

  • Confidence

Portray confidence in your posture, stance, movements and choice of outfit.

  • Eye Contact

Make eye contact with each judge. If you are truly happy to be there, enjoying yourself

and genuinely interested in the conversation, you can see it in the sparkle of the

eyes!

  • Show YOUR Personality

Smile, have fun and let your personality shine.


From:  Carrie Neet
 
Here are tips I give my girls in the local pageant I direct
 
Formal Wear 

Gown should be simple but elegant.

Gown should be age appropriate, avoid sexy or revealing gowns.

Gown should fit perfectly.

Gown should be solid color, trim may be different color.

Gowns Do Not have to be white, but lighter colors do score higher.

Black or Brown gowns are discouraged.

Shoes should match or compliment the gown.

Use posture and stride to create a winning image.

Your walk should be smooth and graceful. Do not walk with too much bounce. Don't look stiff, your walk should be a graceful and natural motion.

Do not walk too fast or too slow. Try to keep a steady, comfortable pace.

Hold your shoulders back but keep them relaxed. You want rounded shoulders.

Your arms should be relaxed at your sides and should only move slightly when you walk. Do not hold them stiff in a pose and do not swing them too much.

The judges are looking for a girl who appears happy and confident. Do not look solemn. Remember to smile! The most important thing you wear is your smile.

Nervousness show if you pull on your gown or hold it up to walk. Your hands should be relaxed and by your sides. Do not hold your gown!

    From:  Carrie Neet
     
    Here are tips I give my girls in the local pageant I direct
     
    Modeling
  • You will be modeling an age appropriate outfit that has a casual tailored look.
  • Assuming that the setting is an upscale department store. You are there to sell your outfit.
  • Select an age appropriate outfit to model. Shorts outfits, slacks, jumpers, capris, skirts and skorts are examples of clothing that is acceptable for modeling competition. The outfit should be simple, not too fancy or elegant, but something you could buy off the rack at a department store. No satin, rhinestones, sequins, or beaded apparel may be worn.
  • You have 30 seconds on the runway or stage to model the outfit.
  • Use turns, hesitations and walks to express yourself and show off your outfit.
  • Do Not forget to make eye contact with judges and your audience. Use facial expressions to express yourself and to sell your outfit.
  • Remember to smile! Have fun and don't be shy.
  • The judges are looking at technique, personal style, personality, and stage presence. They are looking at your ability to sell your outfit to the audience.

The difference between Advertisers and Sponsors is that advertisers buy ad space! Know the difference, you will be asked.

Know how to sell your advertising

Introduce yourself, tell them about yourself, your schooling, your community involvement and how your pageant experience will be of benefit. Include your proposal and sales pitch. This should be in the form of a letter. These can be sent out in advance with a follow up phone call requesting an appointment to see the advertiser. They can also be handed out to potential advertisers when making cold calls - just showing up to see a potential advertiser without an appointment. They can also be used and read for telephone solicitations. Once you have delivered your introduction, go into your proposal and sales pitch. End on a positive note, regardless of the outcome. Always thank them for the time and interest they have shown. Sometimes you won't get past the introduction before a potential advertiser tells you no, do not let this discourage you. It just might not be a good time for them. A lot of businesses contribute to many causes and some to specific special interest only. Sometimes, they only advertise at certain times of the month, quarter or year. Know when your potential advertiser makes funds available. For most, this is either the end of or first of a month. They set aside a specific amount and it is first come, first serve until all the money is gone for that month. Persistence will often times pay off. However, know the difference between persistence and annoyance. Don't offend the potential advertiser.

Research your potential advertisers

Find out about the business of your advertiser. This will allow you to understand how you can be of the most benefit to the advertiser who is about to invest in your pageant experience and you. Know what their product is, who uses their product, what type of advertising are they doing, have they advertised before, how can they be of benefit to your pageant experience and how can you benefit them.

Develop a proposal

Should include your bio, a description or your pageant and your pageant needs, the advertisers investment - what is going to cost them, and the deliverables - what the advertiser gets for their money.

Develop a Sales Pitch

Remember to build goodwill here, explain your goals and how they can be mutually beneficial to the advertiser. Have a good open, middle and close to your sales pitch.

End on a Positive Note

Regardless of the outcome, always thank them for the time and interest they have shown

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