It's the one consistent phase of competition that links every pageant together. It's when you make your first serious impression to a panel of Judges / strangers of who you are, how you think and what you do inside a judged conversation arena.
But is there one tip that could be your biggest boost regardless of which system you competing?
Many contestants forget that they are being judged by other human beings.
These are NOT robotic cyborgs on the other side of the table.
They will be the first (and only) judges YOU see on INTERVIEW day, but you may be the 67th contestant in there eyesight that day. Do the math: if every contestant gets three minutes to talk-talk-talk, how much time has gone by of talking smiling faces with makeup before you arrive?
Over 3 hours of verbal Olympics.
So how do you change the dynamic to become memorable after 3 hours? THAT becomes a coaching strategy for the prepared pageantee.
Specific strategies that are well-planned will incorporate the fact you are dealing with another human who uses, more than just visual sense. In other words, you need to know how to appeal to their ears as well as their eyes. It's packaged in what you say, but more importantly how do you say it.
Vocal inflections (speaking with varied dynamic in your voice vs monotone chatter) This is one of the four game changers during pageant interview to boost your score and standout from a flock of smiling faces.
TakeAway: Paid an entry fee of $150? $350? $995? Don't take silly chances this pageant season and blow off proper interview practice by simply shoeing up and "talking". I tell clients: "if you bore and snore them in interview, the judges won't be into you."