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Win A Pageant® | Professional Pageant Coaching with Alycia Darby

What do the judges look for in a winner? How do I win a pageant? How do I prepare for pageant interview? These are the questions Alycia Darby addresses in her podcast through coaching exercises to simplify pageantry for women in pageants. This coaching applies to teens, miss and mrs. pageant contestants competing in pageants like Ms. America, Miss USA, Miss America, Miss International, Mrs. America NAM and more! She educates pageant contestants with interview, modeling, platform, fashion, beauty here and on her site at WinAPageant.com. Let's Win A Pageant!
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Apr 12, 2017

In this episode, I'll share with you the top 8 pageant tips I learned while at the Beauty | Brand | Believe Expo. These tips come from 8 national pageant coaches and experts including Lu Sierra, Austin Ryde, Allyson Rowe and Jorge Esteban.

Get the details of this episode on the show notes at: WinAPageant.com/102

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Apr 5, 2017

Since the beginning of the podcast in 2015, a lot has happened. In this episode, I'll share about the elements of the Win A Pageant brand where we've come and the vision for the future.
Here are the main take-aways:
1. Ask me your personal pageant questions at: WinAPageant.com/Q
2. Subscribe to pageant coaching playlists at YouTube videos at WinAPageant.com/youtube
3. Buy the paperback or kindle copy of the Bestselling book at: WinAPageant.com/book
4. Join our winning pageant community at WinAPageant.com/gameplan

Get all the details at the episode shownotes: http://winapageant.com/101
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Mar 29, 2017

Today, we are celebrating 100 episodes and you’re invited to all the goodies! In this episode, you’ll learn how to celebrate your success along the way to your pageant win. Special Offer: Get the Brand New Pageant Book, “Beauty, Truth and Grace: Pageant Coaching to Win on Stage and in Life” now through March 30, 2017 for only 99-cents. Get the special deal at: WinAPageant.com/book 

 

 

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Mar 22, 2017

In this episode, Alycia Darby interview David Van Maren, co-executive director of 4 state pageants for Miss and Teen USA. David has worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years, and owned his own agency for over a decade. He is a personal manager and has booked 1,000's of jobs for models, actors, artists, athletes and more.

In 1999 he judged Miss Washington USA and the next year, he was invited to become the state director. A few years later, he added Idaho, a few years later Montana, and most recently Oregon. He's now the co-executive producer and state director of 4 state pageants for Miss and Teen USA. He produces live shows, TV, and red carpet events.

David is happily married to Maureen, who I had the pleasure of talking with last week and they have a son.
For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Mar 15, 2017

In this episode, Alycia Darby interview Alayah Benavidez, Miss United States!

Alayah was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She has her Associate of Arts degree in Teaching and is pursuing her bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

At a young age, Alayah discovered a passion for literature and as an adult has seen first-hand how her love of reading has helped her to develop confidence in testing and public speaking.

This is what led Alayah to begin her own campaign, Read the Way, which focuses on childhood literacy.
It has been a dream of hers to reach children across the country with her message and as Miss United States 2016 that is exactly what she is doing.
For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Mar 8, 2017

In this episode, Alycia Darby interviews Maureen Francisco. Maureen is the co-executive producer of Pageants NW, which produces the state qualifier to Miss USA and Miss Teen USA for ID, MT, OR and WA. She's also organizing a confidence building workshop, Beauty | Brand | Believe Expo next month. To keep life interesting, she's done everything from being a published author It Takes Moxie, a book about achieving the American Dream to appearing on a game show and reality show, and being a TV news reporter. Her favorite role though is being a mom to her two-year-old son.
For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Mar 1, 2017

The top 10 contestants can usually be selected from paperwork alone. Most pageant women don't put a lot of thought or effort into their paperwork, but for my clients, we take days crafting it to guide the interview and give them a leg up. One question that comes up a lot is whether or not they should put their old pageant title on another pageant paperwork. In this episode, I'm going to share with you 7 thoughts a judge may have when they see (or don't see) past titles on your paperwork. Hopefully, this gives you the insight you need to help you decide for yourself.
For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Feb 22, 2017

There are lots of things to spend money on in pageantry from wardrobe, shoes, earrings, to not to mention week-of stuff like DVDs, gala tickets, special seating, backstage roses, contestant gifts... it gets expensive.
And, when you're working with a budget (as we all should be to be good stewards of our money), it's hard to know what's important and what's not.

Today, I'm going to break down how to choose your investments wisely so you reap a life-long return.

For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Feb 15, 2017

I did a 4-part series, starting at episode 27, that talks in detail about how to get sponsors, but there's another way to get financial support for your pageant and that is fundraising.

In elementary school, you probably sold candy bars, Christmas wrapping paper and lollipops as fundraisers. This stuff is for kids. It's a lot of effort with little return. There are other ways to fundraise, ways that can bring you far more profit in a shorter amount of time with a smaller group of people.

That's what I'm going to teach you to do in this episode. I want to change your mindset from what you may have known in the past of candy bars and bake sales. You get rewarded in direct proportion to how much value you provide. Let me teach you how to provide a TON of value and raise what you need for your pageant.


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Feb 8, 2017

In this episode, I share the story about my second pageant ever and how my sister with her zero pageant experience and amazing life wisdom at age 22, talked me off a ledge and out of the fear that would've surely kept me away from God's plans for my life. I share with you the two-step (well, really it's three) process to get off your ledge and step into your purpose in pageantry. God's got a plan for you; don't let fear get in the way.
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Feb 1, 2017

One thing that is obvious to most pageant women is that in order to win your pageant, you have to truly be a star. When you meet a star, you'll know it, but it's hard to explain what it really means to be a star. It's also evident when it's not there, when something is missing even if you can't quite put your finger on what exactly is missing. In this episode, we're going to unpack exactly what this 'star' quality looks like through the analogy of a real star in the galaxy. Then, I'm going to explain how being a star gets you to the top. Finally, I'm going to break down how you can exude that star quality to get to the top!
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Jan 25, 2017

When you first sign up for a pageant, you're all excited, fearless, and secure in your ability to win. As the pageant gets closer and closer, fear starts to creep in. It shows up in many ways, today we are going to look at fear manifesting as the Impostor Syndrome and the Skeletons in Your Closet. In this episode, we unpack each of these fears to determine where they come from. Then, I'll share the 3 steps to wipe them out and replace them with strengths.
For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Jan 18, 2017

Alycia Darby interviews Priscilla and her husband Sean about baby boxes, their calling into pageantry, and how they work together.

Priscilla Pruitt was crowned the new Mrs International 2016 last July 23rd. Priscilla is the national spokesperson for National Safe Haven Alliance, and the International spokesperson for Safe Haven Baby Boxes. Priscilla works to stop the abandonment of babies. She also works with the American Heart Association, suicide prevention, and anti-bullying initiatives. She and her husband are both youth pastors and business owners. They've built three orphanages in Honduras and are parents to 6 kids, which they homeschool.
For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Jan 11, 2017

An awesome platform is vital to getting appearances, especially before you win a big state or national title. Your platform gets you in the door for appearances and media interviews. And when it comes to pageant week, what you've done with your platform is what separates you from all the other contestants. My clients are trained to market what we call a Legacy Project it's the product or project you lead that uses your unique skills to creatively solve a problem. One of my clients wrote a children's book that teaches adults how to read to children while entertaining the kids. Another created a diy home garden project in conjunction with Home Depot. I developed a professional home fitness video series available online for free. Whatever you DO with your platform will be your legacy... you don't want your legacy to be that you did nothing.

Today, I'm going to give you 5 steps to figure out what your legacy project can be. We're going to find the intersection between your uniquely amazing qualities and the problems you want to solve.

For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Dec 21, 2016

There are plenty of opportunities for you to answer questions during your pageant interview, on-stage question, introduction, pre-pageant media it can get overwhelming to prepare if you have no specific plan. Most women want to be so perfect, so they craft these elaborate answers to every question under the sun. Don't do that. Writing Your pageant answers is a huge mistake!
Instead, I'm gonna teach you what I taught her to help you overcome this crazy desire to be overly (and obnoxiously) prepared.
For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Dec 14, 2016

Most women know they need to practice for their interview, but it tends to get confusing on exactly HOW to practice. Today, I'm going to break down the 3 ways of practicing for your pageant and give you some examples of how you can do each one.

For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Dec 7, 2016

Pageant Interview is the most nerve-wracking part of pageantry. You have to loosen up a bit before your pageant interview so that you can perform in the best way possible. Tricks like imagining the judge's naked doesn't work because it takes your mind off of the whole process you need your mind to make this work! Today, I want to share with you 5 tips to loosen up in your pageant interview AND connect with your judges.
For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Nov 30, 2016

Today, I'm telling you the truth about the "Fake it 'til you Make it" concept. You've likely heard this phrase before when someone is trying to beef up their confidence toward an effort they aren't prepared for. Many pageant women think "Fake it 'til you Make it" it means to keep pretending you know what you're doing until someone gives you a big break. Those girls never actually make it.

The difference between those that actually Make it really depends on who stops at the fake it part and who moves into the make it phase. The people that have succeeded with this concept are the ones who have found the right tools and put in the work to make it. You have to actively participate I the making part, not just the faking part. In this episode, I'll show you how.

Details and free resources to win your pageant: http://winapageant.com

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Nov 23, 2016

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. 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 is to: Share credit with others in the form of gratitude. In this episode, I'm going to teach you how to do just that. Plus, I'll give you five excellent examples of how it can be done.

For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Nov 16, 2016

Wardrobe is always worth considering. It's a contestant's worst nightmare to arrive to the first pageant rehearsal in sneakers and an oversized t-shirt you wore to the gym in college only to find all the other girls dressed in their Sunday best even though the paperwork said to dress comfortably.' Comfortable is a relative adjective. To pageant girls, it means to skip the Jessica Simpson shoes for their Michael Kors wedges and exchange rhinestones and lace for spandex and silk. In today's episode, I'm going to teach you how to decide what to wear to your pageant rehearsal.

Details and free resources to win your pageant: http://winapageant.com

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Nov 9, 2016

I'm gushing at the seams from how proud I am of the women in the Pageant Interview Game Plan. They are so dedicated to their success and by their success' I don't just mean them winning the pageant, but influencing their community in such a powerful way.

The Pageant Interview Game Plan is an online course that consists of 4 modules: Set Your Foundation, Plan Your Answers, Prepare to Dazzle, and Game Day: Showtime!

These are the four steps that must be followed to nail your pageant interview. Each module is broken up into individual lessons that have homework for each one to get you further down the path to success. It's designed to allow you to finish one module every week.

When you join, you have on-going access to it, so there's really no time limit except for when you have to compete, of course!

It comes with a Play Book that serves as a guide to get to know yourself, clarify your mission, research what the pageant is looking for, determine your stance on controversial issues, and tons of stuff that will transport you easily from confusion to clarity.

It also comes with access to a private group on Facebook that is only open to members of the course. This is where I get to see all the magic happening! Every week day, I jump into the Facebook Group and get to answer questions to help my students excel in the program. And, boy-oh-boy are they taking advantage of this personal coaching opportunity!

In this episode, I share some of what is happening in there so you could see if this is a community that may help you with your pageant interview.

You can get all the details about the program at Interview.WinAPageant.com.
I'd love to be your teacher, mentor, and coach to guide you toward a successful pageant interview.
If you know you're ready to make it happen, join us! Go to Interview.WinAPageant.com

I'll see you in the Game Plan!
Here's that link again: http://Interview.WinAPageant.com

 

 

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Nov 2, 2016

Politics are a scary topic in pageantry, mostly because we don't know exactly how we should be responding to these questions. I wish I could tell you there was a sure-fire way to answer ANY question and win. There's not. It's all a delicate dance. No matter what, you have to deliver your answer with certainty in what you're saying. In this episode, I give you three simple steps to answer questions confidently no matter what your opinion is.

Additional Trainings for Pageant Interview:
https://winapageant.com/79 >> How to Lead Your Pageant Interview
https://winapageant.com/80 >> Where to Start When Answering Controversial Pageant Questions
https://winapageant.com/73 >> How to Show the Judges You're Ready to Win Your Pageant
https://winapageant.com/74 >> 4 Pageant Interview Myths and How to Avoid Them
https://winapageant.com/75 >> 3 Ways to Stand Out So Your Pageant Judges Notice You
https://winapageant.com/76 >> 5 Real Reasons Judges Judge Pageants

Details and free resources to win your pageant: http://winapageant.com

For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Oct 26, 2016

Controversial questions are the most dreaded of all, sometimes pageant contestants tend to believe that the judges are looking for you to answer the way they would answer so you share their opinion. But honestly, I already know you know that isn't true. Yet, I'd bet you still pray that you are never publicly asked how you feel about gay marriage or abortion especially in the case of rape. That's not what I want for you. Instead, my goal for you is that you WILL be asked these types of questions so that you are given the power to impact people and speak hope, joy, and life into everyone you meet! I'm going to give you the simple elixir to these worries of public humiliation and the catch-22 of controversy.
For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Oct 19, 2016

As a teen and young adult we are surrounded by people telling us what to do, setting boundaries, creating standards and delivering prompts we respond to. Our teachers lead us in school, our parents lead us at home, there's an RA with rules for the dorms, Coach who sets up the drills for practice and the Pageant Director that tells us where to be and when all week.

It's no surprise then that when you walk into your interview, you're expecting the judges to lead you through that process. Please don't. This is where it all goes wrong.

The judges are not the leaders of the interview room. They are looking for the leader and if you expect them to lead you will not be seen as their leader, but rather just another sheep in the herd.

In this episode, I'm going to teach you 2 qualities of leadership that you can employ in your interview room to maintain control and lead your interview.

Join us for the Live Master Class On October 29, 2016: https://interview.winapageant.com

For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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Oct 12, 2016

In this episode, we address the difference between ability to have what we want and willingness to go and get it! Able is having access to the resources to achieve what is great. It's like when you are able to walk. That doesn't mean you're never gonna sit, but you are able to walk if you are willing. Willing is the desire to take action in one direction by leaving the comfort of another. Ability is being able to walk. Willingness is standing up from your comfortable couch. This is how some people live their whole lives...waiting around for opportunities to come to them rather than reaching out and taking them. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. In this episode, I break it down into a simple process. Doing the work is going to be the hardest part.
For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com
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