When I think of pageant competitors, I think of confident young women, standing on stage and answering onstage questions with conviction. Having worked with so many competitors over the years, I would have to say that what we see is far from the truth. Usually, these same competitors are nervous, comparing themselves to the others on that stage and unsure of what they are doing. So, where does true confidence come from?
Skills: Learning how to walk properly on the stage will boost confidence on stage. Knowing how to stand, pose and move will help connect with the judges. For most, this will mean hours of practice and time spent with a walking coach. Trust me! The pageant walk is not something that comes naturally. By mastering these skills, you will be able to walk confidently on that stage.
Knowing yourself: I teach in my private classes that you have five areas of your life that you can answer any question those judges may throw at you. By knowing yourself better, you will be able to confidently answer those questions like “tell me about yourself?” or “Why should we choose you as our next titleholder?” Also, by practicing having someone ask you questions, there comes a confidence that you really can answer any question. Practicing in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere first, will allow you to develop that confidence in the interview.
Knowing Who’s you are: I don’t know if there is a confidence crises these days or if we are simply more aware of it. I would bet that 90% of my clients come to me with very low self esteem and/or confidence. Much of the work that I do is just letting them know that they are worthy of that crown. Even though many are religious, they don’t draw their confidence from God. You see, when you know that God’s opinion is the only one that really matters, and then no one else’s will. The judges can’t say anything that will hurt you. The other contestants can’t put you down and have it stick. You won’t even be able to say negative things about yourself, because you know that you are exactly who God made you to be. You are perfect in His eyes, just as you are.
Will all this confidence make you win? Maybe it will and maybe it won’t. The important thing will be that you will compete with confidence that you are doing your best. Your sense of self worth will not be affected by winning a crown or not. You will walk away from your pageant with a greater sense of what you want.
Michelle Field holds a degree in Communications from PennStateUniversity that has allowed her to successfully combine her passion for education and pageantry. By utilizing 28 years of experience educating others on effective communication skills, along with 8 years of experience in pageantry and as a former model and instructor for Barbizon School of Modeling, Michelle now teaches her clients the importance of learning to “Just breathe and connect with the crown.” Michelle has also received industry recognition with awards such as the Spirit of Pageantry award, Best Pageant Coach and has been a featured writer for The Pageant Planet and the American Dream Magazine.
When Michelle isn’t immersed in the world of rhinestones and crowns, you will often find her volunteering with the Boy Scouts. She has been recognized with an Outstanding Scouter award for Cub Scouts in 2009 and Boy Scouts in 2011. After 27 years and 4 kids, Michelle and her husband have now turned their volunteer work into a full time job as the Superintendent of the Peaceful Valley Boy Scout Ranch.
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