In this episode, I want to talk about a question you’ll be asked either in an interview setting or in your pageant paperwork, and this is: what is a fun or interesting fact about you. This may seem simple, but it can actually be pretty overwhelming.
Most times you want to use some interesting, weird thing. Like “I can touch my nose with my tongue. Or “I have a double jointed elbow.” Or “I was born with a unicorn horn.” But these things are a bit crazy!
The thing that you want to use as your measurement for whether this is a good fun fact or not is: if this is the only thing that they remember, will it be fun and enjoyable and will they think fondly of me. OR will it be a little bit embarrassing? If the only thing that your judges remember about you is that you can touch your nose with your tongue, or that you have crazy elbows, it’s going to get weird.
Instead, what we want to do is one of two things. First of all, we don’t want to make it weird. But we do want to make it fun and interesting. Now let’s say we’ve got fun and interesting,
There are two ways we could take this answer:
Option A: Answer it quickly.
Have a good time, put on a big smile and move on with the interview. That is the method for if you received a fluffy question, the type of question that you’re like, “why are they asking you this? This doesn’t have anything to do with what I really want to talk about.” So you could answer the question quickly, make it fun and move on.
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Option B: you could answer the question in a way that loops them back to the things that you do want to talk about.
That’s a skill that I teach in the win a pageant academy and in the game plan, that’s what I teach my clients to do too. That there are no fluffy questions. But sometimes, whether you’re asked on your paperwork where you can’t loop back very easily (or you don’t want to), or if you do want to actually share this fun thing because it’s fun and interesting, here are four ways that you can actually discover something interesting about you:
1: Unique Accomplishment
A unique accomplishment is something that very few people do.
This is not, I can do 10 push ups. Because lots of people can do 10 pushups. That’s not really that interesting. That’s not really that unique. Instead you want to think about something that would peak people’s interest.
Maybe you won the spelling bee when you were in the third grade or maybe you have been in Toastmasters for 27 years, or maybe you have, fostered kittens every summer for the last 12 years. Things like that. That’s a unique accomplishment that might not have anything to do with how you could hold the title, but it would be a really interesting fun fact.
And if that’s the only thing that they remembered about you, that’d be kind of cool.
2: Done-It-Once Adventures
Now done-it-once adventures is exactly what it is. You’ve done this thing once. So this could be if you climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, or you walked on a glacier in New Zealand, or you got engaged while skydiving.
Those are the kinds of things that they’ve happened once. And it was awesome. And if you’re remembered by that, it makes you look kind of cool. That’s what we’re going for.
3: Fun Habits
Fun habits that you like to do a lot. This could also be thought of as things that you love or things that you hate.
For example, this could be that every holiday season I watch the movie the holiday and it puts me in the holiday spirit. It could also be I always buy white cars because I cannot stand having a dirty car. I love owning cars that are white, because you can tell immediately when it’s dirty.
You see how those are interesting, fun facts, but they’re not weird.
4: Worthless Talent.
A worthless talent is just a fun way of saying this is a thing you probably wouldn’t compete with. So this would be like, you can recite the entire declaration of independence, or you can say the ABC’s from Z to A. Or I love clogging, or I know how to swing dance, even though I don’t do it often, I know how. You know how to do a snare drum, or you can play Mozart’s symphony without looking at the sheet music.
Things like that, that are talents that you wouldn’t necessarily be in a competition against, or bring to stage, like dance or singing, but it’s still a really cool talent.
Those are four ways that you can find a fun fact about yourself. Remember, once you discover what your fun fact might be, the test you want to put it through is: if this is the only thing the judges remember about me, am I going to be kind of embarrassed, or is that kind of cool.
And that my dear is how you win a pageant!
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