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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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Nov 11, 2015

Two weeks ago, I lost my daddy. My philosophy of pageantry is that it so closely parallels life, so in today’s episode, I want to talk about how to lose a pageant with grace using the lessons I learned from the loss of my dad. I know these two things seem not even remotely related, but by the end of this episode you’ll realize that losing a pageant (and losing a parent) really are not the end of the world. Plus, I hope to give you some ways to deal (with both) more effectively. www.WinAPageant.com 

 

 

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Oct 28, 2015

Pageant expenses can add up more and more as the event comes closer and closer. Proper planning and budgeting is super important so you don't experience post-pageant buyers remorse.

In this episode, we’re discussing the area of pageantry that gets the most attention – pageant wardrobe!

I never liked the shopping part of pageantry – I’d much rather be in the gym, or volunteering for my platform, but it is necessary – not to mention a huge part of pageant competition.

I’m going to go phase-by-phase here and we’ll start with the opening number outfit.

To follow along with the full budget, click HERE.

 

 

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Oct 27, 2015

Pageant expenses can add up more and more as the event comes closer and closer. Proper planning and budgeting is super important so you don't experience post-pageant buyers remorse.

In this episode, I’ll break down the optional and miscellaneous expenses you’ll encounter in pageantry.

Don’t forget about miscellaneous expenses like band-aid blister block, extra foam inserts, make up brushes, a steamer, dry cleaning – these are the expenses you may not have to actually budget for, but if you are counting every dime, you’ll want to leave a little buffer for the just-in-case items.

To follow along with the full budget, click HERE.

 

 

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Oct 21, 2015

Michelle Evans is a native of Tulsa who won her first pageant – Mrs. Oklahoma in 2014, then won the national title Mrs. America just 5 months later and a month after that placed top 10 at the Mrs. World pageant in September! Michelle lost her brother to an accidental overdose and now travels the country promoting her platform “Drug awareness and Prescription Drug Abuse.” Michelle just relinquished her title about a month ago, so I’m super excited to hear what’s next for Mrs. America 2015, Michelle Evans.

Michelle's Facebook Page
Michelle's Instagram
Drug Free OK website

 

 

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Oct 14, 2015

Pageant expenses can add up more and more as the event comes closer and closer. Proper planning and budgeting is super important so you don't experience post-pageant buyers remorse. In this episode, I break down the expenses that are expected of the top contenders in pageants, plus, I give you some money-saving tips! To follow along with the Pageant Budget Guidesheet, go to WinAPageant.com 

 

 

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Oct 6, 2015

In this episode, I’m going to break down the costs of pageants and tell you where you should focus your finances and what elements of pageantry are just the extras. If you want more info on paying for pageants go to GetPageantSponsors.com

 

 

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Sep 30, 2015

As a former competitor, I completely understand how the expenses of pageantry add up. If you feel strapped from the beginning, you may not make wise choices about your expenses, which could leave you settling for third-rate services, low-quality wardrobe, or foregoing vital preparation all together.  It’s likely that you’ve heard of other girls getting sponsors for their pageants, so how are they successful and you aren’t. In this episode, I’m going to outline for you the 7 steps to get a pageant sponsor to help you pay for nearly everything. When I first used this strategy, I landed a sponsor over breakfast for $3,000. Let me show you how; go to GetPageantSponsors.com to watch a more detailed workshop for free. 

 

 

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Sep 23, 2015

Ms. America International 2016 has over 30 years of experience as a contestant, director, emcee, coach and judge at the local, state and national levels. Plus, 40 years of performance experience in many different types of dance, choreographer and instruction. E-Dee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University and currently is the Vice President, Equipment Management Officer with one of the largest bank-owned equipment leasing/financing companies in the United States. She was inspired by the show “The Star Thrower” to promote her platform, “Making a Difference One Starfish at a Time.” 

The Ms. America Pageant Website

E-Dee on Facebook!

More Pageant Training: FreePageantCourse.com

 

 

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Sep 16, 2015

Many pageant contestants believe in order to win, they must project some illusive image of perfection – the perfect hair, perfect nails, perfect teeth, perfect walk, talk, smile, etc. But, when it comes time for her to deliver her on-stage answer to a tough political question or hug a child at an appearance, ‘perfection’ is far less attractive. In these areas, on-lookers would rather experience someone who is real, approachable, likeable and trustworthy. The truth is: The more real you are, the more approachable, likeable, and trustworthy you become. In this episode we break down the difference between perfect and real. 

Get More Pageant Training at FreePageantCourse.com

 

 

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Sep 9, 2015

When I first started competing, I was like many of my clients who believe that pageants are won on looks. And that’s because the majority of what is seen by the audience is the on-stage portion. The audience doesn’t see all the work that the pageant winners put in prior to their winning. The work is done behind the scenes, many months prior to the pageant, but the audience only sees the on-stage question.  It’s really a shame, because women then enter pageants without a legacy project, and they really have no chance of competing against a woman who has had proper guidance toward an impressive Legacy Project.

In this episode, I’m going to break down the steps I use with clients to develop a Legacy Project that helps her stand out and win!

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Sep 2, 2015

All competitions are won in the combination of strategy and tenacity. Being a pageant titleholder is no different.  If you don’t know how to manage your energy, you will be left exhausted even before the pageant ends – and that is how women lose pageants. Conserving energy is key in pageantry. By understanding what commonly drains pageant contestants and creating a strategy to avoid the common drains, you’ll be able to manage your energy all the way through post-pageant media week!

FreePageantCourse.com

 

 

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Aug 26, 2015

Sheri Jenkins is a wife, mother, advocate, entrepreneur and Ms. Delaware America 2015.  She has been involved with the Delaware and Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition as annual chair for Northern Lights of Life and volunteers at countless events.   Sheri led the efforts as event chair for the inaugural Go Red Luncheon benefitting the American Heart Association and continues her participation in this event as the fashion show coordinator. With 20 years’ experience as a professional development manager, she developed curriculums for adult communication and leadership skills.  She is also a licensed real estate agent and certified life coach. 

Links:

National Breast Cancer Coalition

Ms. America Pageant

Watch the Pageant Online: Alert The Globe

Sheri's Facebook Profile

Sheri's Ms. Delaware America Facebook Page

Sheri's Instagram

 

 

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Aug 19, 2015

Norissa Lee Morse started her career as a model for famous gown designer, Jovani. She competed in several small pageants winning the Miss Congeniality award before winning the title of Miss Maine Teen USA in 2010. After relinquishing her crown, Norissa worked for Seventeen Magazine in NYC as a fashion intern. She recently graduated high honors with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. She currently lives in Maine where she runs her beauty/fashion blog NorissaLee.Blogspot.com
Follow Norissa on Instagram and Twitter

 

 

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Aug 11, 2015

Competition can appear to be so much fun – and it is! It also takes a lot of commitment to truly have a great year and get the most out of it. When you aren’t fully prepared to win, you risk your reputation. When you are fully prepared, you’ll have an understanding of what’s required of you and you’ll be prepared to step into the role with full confidence. With preparation, people will know they can count on you and respect you for your ability to deliver on your promises.  In this episode, I’m going to share a list of 10 questions I recommend you consider of yourself before you decide to compete for your next title. Plus, the question that I’m sure is looming in the back of your mind.

 

 

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Aug 5, 2015

The pageant introduction is often the first impression the judges and the audience receive from the contestant. It’s vital that this introduction is authentic and also consistent with who the contestant truly is, and, it can’t hurt if it’s also intelligent, entertaining, and educational. That can be a lot to cram into 30 seconds. In this episode, I’ll walk you through an easy process to come up with your engaging on-stage introduction.

 

 

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Jul 29, 2015

It’s not unusual to meet a judge in an elevator. In fact, it’s an amazing opportunity to connect with anyone in a short yet focused amount of time. Think about it: an elevator conversation with a stranger usually only lasts about 2 minutes and it makes an otherwise awkward moment into a remarkably pleasant one. What else do you do in an elevator but stare at the numbers lighting up above the door in anticipation of your floor. But, if you’re not prepared for a conversation those could be the longest 2 minutes of silence all weekend. In this episode, Alycia presents a step-by-step process with examples of exactly how to respond when you meet a judge outside of the interview room. The most common place: the hotel elevator.

 

 

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Jul 22, 2015

Pageants can be like many other big life moments like changing schools, starting a new job, moving across country, there are a lot of pressures that come upon you during these times and they can be truly overwhelming. You can’t win a pageant as a ball of stress. When you start feeling like your having an out-of-body experience – it’s gone to far. Jump in a bubble bath with your day planner and start create an action plan to soothe your stress. In this episode, I’ll give you 6 specific ways to manage your pre-pageant stress.

 

 

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Jul 15, 2015

Showing gratitude is proper etiquette for those with good social graces, but writing a proper thank you note isn’t taught in school. My mom taught me some amazing skills in thank you notes, and so have my clients! In this episode, I’ll share with you an easy way to formulate your thank you notes so they are timely, personal, significant, and thoughtful. Plus, I’ll share examples of thank you notes from my clients at WinAPageant.com so you can see how others show their gratitude.

 

 

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Jul 8, 2015

Pageant interviews aren’t designed to be easy. In fact, I believe they are far more difficult than job interviews. Most pageants allow for anything. Therefore, crazy questions are asked.  And you need to be prepared to deal with them. But, that doesn’t mean you’ll always have a slick answer to every question. Just as in real life people ask all sorts of dumb, offensive, provocative, inappropriate and rude questions when you’re least expecting it – so, you have to be prepared to react. In this episode, Alycia teaches 4 methods of responding to tough interview questions and gives examples for you to practice.

 

 

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Jul 3, 2015

Want a delicious party dip that's healthy?! I've got one for you: Almond Dip! It's super easy. Just mix together Almond Butter and Greek Yogurt and serve with sliced apples. When you do, take a picture and post to Instagram with the #WinAPageant so I can take a look! I share all the details of the recipe in this episode. 

 

 

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Jul 1, 2015

Winning a pageant can be exhilarating, spectacular, overwhelming, exhausting and confusing. In this episode, I'll train you to avoid some common mistakes of pageant winners. People see you as a powerful entity and in fact, ‘with great power comes great responsibility.’ One year goes by very quickly and you have to be prepared to make fast decisions that have the most beneficial impact and do no harm. That’s not easy. However, I do have 7 specific cautions that I believe will help you to avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made over the years as a titleholder. 

 

 

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Jun 26, 2015

Today’s Fit Tip is how to order a healthy meal at a restaurant. When you’re always on the go, it’s hard to cook at home and pack your meals, so you find yourself eating out a lot. Don’t be tempted by the delicious, greasy, fatty smells and the hoopla of other people ordering delicious garbage. Stay true to your healthy lifestyle. At the same time, you don’t want to look like you only eat ice cubes and almonds. In this episode Alycia shares three go-to meals for eating out and the important tip to tell the waiter! 

 

 

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Jun 24, 2015

In an exciting moment like winning a pageant title, you may momentarily lose your wits if you’re not wise. When you are standing in the spotlight, whatever impression you leave will last – perception is reality, so you don’t want to come off bratty, ungrateful, or just crazy. In this episode, Alycia will share a list of 7 things not to do when you’re crowned, which will make your winning moment: graceful, photogenic, and respectable.

 

 

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Jun 17, 2015

Sometimes when you’re trying to be poised and articulate you forget to also be human. When you come off as overly rehearsed, you can sound like an infomercial - or worse: a "Pageant Patty!" In this episode, Alycia gives you a 4-step exercise to add excitement and emotion into your speech to keep your audience and your judges engaged the whole time you're talking. 

 

 

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Jun 10, 2015

Pageant judges want to be sure they choose someone that is able to shoulder the responsibility of the title. You must be confident enough in your own skin that you can communicate who you are and what you believe in. In this episode, Alycia gives you several questions you can reflect on to understand the unique strengths and values that make you wonderful!

 

 

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