One of the main concerns of some of the loveliest contestants is that they feel they are talking about themselves too much. It makes them uncomfortable, like they are bragging. They say they are just too humble to talk about themselves.
This is a lovely quality…and professional suicide.
They wish they didn’t have to share anything about themselves, but then, how would anyone get to know you? Sharing your own accolades and being proud of your progress is an important skill in life.
Just last month, I took my niece college searching – we visited some of the most prestigious universities in San Diego, including UCSD. The admissions counselors reinforced what we already know in pageantry: Your application and essays have to be more about you than your dog, your grandma, and your mom.
You’ll attend networking events and people will ask about you, what you do for work, and what you’re into for fun. Believe it or not: people want to know you! They do! To be an exceptional pageant woman, you have to be able to speak about yourself in a positive light.
The most beautiful way to share an accomplishment: Share credit with others in the form of gratitude.
YOU didn’t make this happen. You were surrounded by people that got you here. Trace your success backwards to all the people that helped you along the way. YOUR success puts a feather in their cap, makes them proud. Sharing credit with others when you talk about your positive points is a great way to humbly brag about your successes.
Here are a few examples:
“Publishing a book at age 16 isn’t common, but most 16 year olds don’t have the parental support that I do. My parents have encouraged my new initiatives all my life. They certainly are to thank for giving me the confidence to publish at such a young age.”
“My volleyball coach has had a reputation for championships. She has taken many teams to states, so when she started to push me my freshman year, I trusted her enough to go all in. I’m glad I did because leading my team to state championships as the captain my senior year is an experience I’ll never forget.”
“Fortunately, I discovered a program that walks you through all the details of what you need to do to be successful in this area. I just followed the steps with dedication and when you follow a system that works, you see success.”
“Everyone has self-control, but not everyone exercises it. I’ve found that having a personal trainer is what helps me to exercise my self-control. I’m able to ditch the cookies and reach for a salad because I have that added support that keeps me accountable.”
“It takes a team to have any victory. Winning Miss World was really a win for my nation. They have supported my progress, forgiven my shortcomings, and cheered me along the whole way. It feels great to stand on this stage with the power of a nation behind you. It helps me know that I don’t have to do it alone.”
Do you see how each of these examples shares the credit of their success? You aren’t fooling anyone when you take all the credit. No massively accomplished person gets to the top on their own. You have to have help from people that care and programs that work.
Don’t shy away from sharing your successes. Give credit where credit is due so you’ll inspire others to get a support system that can help them achieve their goals.
Because, that my dear is how you win a pageant.
This weekend, I’m opening enrollment for the Pageant Interview Game Plan. This will be the final enrollment period until sometime in the new year. I would really love for you to join me for the Pageant interview Master Class this Saturday. Get the all the details at Interview.WinAPageant.com/MasterClass. I’ll be delivering the class live on Facebook. I’m teaching how you can gain Confidence in pageant interview. It’s a simple but mysterious four steps. They don’t teach you this stuff in school. The Master Class is this Saturday – Ill see you then!