77: 4 Steps to a Celeb-Style Pageant Bio

episode-77-featured-imageI want to make you sound like a true celebrity! Not that you’re not, it’s just that sometimes when you write a boring bio and someone reads it from stage, you sound sort of boring. In this episode, I’m going to teach you how to write an epic pageant bio that makes you sound like the celeb you are!

Step 1 – Write a list of all the things that make you awesome.

Think of awards, titles, positions you’ve held. This could be that you are the Brand Ambassador for an organization or the secretary of the National Honor’s Society. Or, you could talk about how you wrote a book, created an app, designed a t-shirt, raised money, or founded a student club. Write out the main point in bullet points (not full sentences, yet).

 

Step 2 – Put the bullet points in order of how awesome they sound to others.

I mean it if someone read them out in one of those announcer voices, which one is the coolest?

+ Born in New Orleans
+ Sophomore at Florida State University
+ Weekly Relationship Columnist at the local Tribune
+ Creator of the women’s fashion blog “Rockin’ Robes”

Get what I mean? When you say it in an announcer voice, the silly things sound silly and the cool stuff sounds really cool! That’s what will help you determine the difference. So put them in order of greatness with the top one being the greatest.

Step 3 – Write one sentence for every bullet point with the focus on the actual accomplishment.

For example, if you created a blog don’t write your sentence like this She created a blog called Rockin’ Fashion. Say She’s the creator of the online fashion resource for women called Rockin’ Fashion. See what I did there? Make it fancy!

 

Step 4 – Go back through each of your sentences and give them a different starting phrase to make them sounds unique and avoid redundancy.

You don’t want every sentence to start with She is the… Instead, try rewriting the sentence starting with Her…’ and As the… to describe your accomplishments.
I want to share with you an actual bio of one of my clients, Rita. Rita is a rockstar and she wrote her own bio the first time. Then, I wrote her bio and showcased her actual rockstar-isms and it made a world of difference for her press kit!

Her original was:
Born in Japan, to a military father and native Japanese mother, Rita was always told that she should use her strengths to help others. As someone who was very interested in technology and entrepreneurship early on in life, she loved empowering others by helping people learn about technology and entrepreneurship. Scammed in high school when trying to create an app, and want to use knowledge and skillset to help others with their goals.

I rewrote it to read:
Rita Roloff is a national Ambassador for Pretty Brainy and founder of StilletosToStem.com, where she inspires women to learn technology. She’s a tech expert who’s seen and tried it all from app development to fashion-tech design. You can find her online doing regular Facebook Live videos about the latest in tech. Rita is currently studying tech entrepreneurship at UW-Madison.

A few key take-aways from this example are that we focused on the most important aspects and left out the details. We also only used words with positive connotation. Help your audience, judges, and fans see your best aspects and leave them with a positive, uplifted feeling.

Because, that, my dear, is how you win a pageant.

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73: How to Let the Judges Know You’re Ready to Win Your Pageant

podcast-cover-12Did anyone ever tell you to use your interview to let the judges know that you are truly ready for the win? Me neither. It was my 3rd year of competition that someone finally told me that this is a thing: That women actually showcase to the judges that they are ready to take on the responsibility of the title.

It was a shock to me, but when I thought about it: just because you are competing doesn’t mean your really ready for it. In my first 3 years of competition, I was not ready for it. I wanted it still, but I wasn’t really ready to make it worth anyone’s while.

Now, from the judge’s perspective I know why this is so important. A judge doesn’t want to choose someone that isn’t truly ready to take on the responsibility of the year because it’s not fair to her and also not going to move the pageant forward either. Why would they choose a girl who’s bumbling around when they could choose someone who’s on a path of readiness.

Imagine if you won Miss USA right now and you were catapult into the limelight instantly. What’s your plan to actually succeed? What is your number one goal? Who should you reach out to? What should you say in media interviews? Imagine not having a purpose wouldn’t that turn into an awful year?! And then your year as Miss USA, instead of catapulting your future toward your goals with a solid purpose, you’d be drained of energy, wasting time until you could go back to where you were before all of this excitement.

To be Ready is to have a Purpose and in this episode,
I’m going to break down for you what ready really looks like from the judge’s perspective.

Most women think they have to be kind, be a role model, be fun or funny, and able to travel. Those are all really lovely things and hopefully you have some of those qualities, but for those of you that have watched women compete for 3 or 5 years and finally win, you could surmise that they didn’t become kinder or funnier or more able to travel. What they did was become Ready for their title.

If the judges selected someone who was nice and a role model and able to travel, she could end up smiling in front of a bunch of children with her bags packed… but never truly accomplish anything all year. That’s not what we want. We want someone who’s ready to take on the world, ready to achieve great things and leave a legacy! Specifically, your judges want a woman who has a clear goal, who takes action consistently toward her goal, and has a plan to collaborate with the pageant title to further achieve that goal.

At most pageants, only 50% of contestants have a clear goal. Even fewer have a collaborative plan, but what lacks most is a woman who takes consistent action. Do all three of these and you are in the top 10% for sure. Let’s unpack what each of these looks like:
 

Have a Clear Goal:

A clear goal is a measurable outcome that you want to lead the march onto. The more specific, the better. One of my clients’ goals is to increase literacy in the home by teaching parents to read to their children in ways that improved reading skills quickly.

 

Take Consistent Action:

The consistent action she took was first to write a book that simultaneously taught parents how to read while reading to their children.

 

Have a Collaborative Plan:

Her plan as a state titleholder was to do a book tour across all the public libraries and donate her book as she went. She is currently doing that very thing as Mrs. Oregon United States.
Another client of mine wanted to encourage a healthy lifestyle changes for people that struggle with healthy food choices. She collected healthy recipes from influential women across the nation and put them together into a cookbook. Her plan was to leverage her title to get in front of more people to showcase these healthy recipes. She did just that as Ms. US Universal she just got a monthly cooking show on a local television station.
 
Having a goal, taking consistent action, and collaborating on a plan will let your judges know you are ready to use your title to the fullest.
 
And that my dear is how you win a pageant.
 

What this Master Class video for more details and examples:

Stand Out to the Pageant Judges: 3 Simple Steps to Answer "Why…

Listen, you can't avoid this question in your pageant. They WILL ask you this, so you gotta be ready with a powerful answer.

In this Master Class, you'll discover the 3 Simple Steps to answer "Why You?"

Your answer will PROVE:
– what makes you STAND OUT
– why you are the BEST person to WIN
– what YOU are going to do during your year to leave a LEGACY

Comment “Simple” below the video and I’ll private message you the Freebie guide for this class.
{{ Hint: you have to do all "3" of these steps to nail it }}

Follow along with the Freebie, print it and put it in your pageant binder for later!

**This is a lesson from the Pageant Interview Game Plan: WinAPageant.com/GamePlan**

Posted by Win A Pageant on Wednesday, November 1, 2017

68: Avoid Becoming a Deer In Pageant Headlights

Podcast Cover Photos-NEW-05Today, I’m saving you from the ‘deer in the headlights’ look.
 
I know you’ve seen it before. It’s so super awkward for your whole audience and the poor girl usually doesn’t even know it’s happening until she gets the photos back and she blames the photographer for catching her at a bad moment…until she gets the DVD and realizes she had no good moment.
 
The ‘deer in the headlights’ phrase describes the pageant girl that walks onto stage and nearly freezes like a deer that steps out onto the road and freezes looking right at it until it’s hit at full speed. It’s awful. For everyone. But especially for the woman that doesn’t even realize she’s doing it.

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65: Top 3 Tips for Answering the Final Pageant Question

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One of my lovely VIP clients recently asked me for advice about answering the final question in the pageant. This is the question that makes women the most nervous because in most pageants it separates the winner from the others in the top 5. When she asked me, I realized that she was probably looking for sometime about taking deep breathes or studying all sorts of questions until you know everything under the sun.

I think my answer surprised her at first (although, we’ve been working together for several months, so she’s used to me solving the root of the problem rather than handing her a bandaid).

In today’s episode, I’m going to share with you the advice I gave her my top three tips for answering the final question at your pageant. I’ve done several training episodes on the specifics of answering your on-stage question, which I suggest you take a listen to as well.  So, today’s episode is going to look at the final question with a more holistic approach.

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