You know that question in interview that everyone dreads? Sure you do! “Do you have a pageant coach?” *Insert cringe here.* Why is that a cringe moment?

The worst advice I’ve ever heard about competing in pageantry is, “you don’t need a pageant coach.” You don’t need a coach?! Really? What great athlete, business person, or celebrity do you know that did not have a coach? I believe that every one should have a coach for any aspect of their life in which they want to be successful.

“All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself.” – Bill McCartney

You are so talented, but there are times when you may think you’ve reached your peak. Where you can’t possibly grow any more than what you are right now. But there is always room for growth! Having a coach can push you to that next level that you never believed you could reach.

I love the saying, Copy Genius, Don’t Create Mediocrity. It is some of the best advice I have ever received. Why would you struggle through something on your own when someone has been there, done that, and can tell you how to not make the mistakes that they made.

Now, a challenge may be finding the right coach. You may have to visit several to find the best fit for you, your personality, and your goals. Here are some tips for deciding if your coach is right for you:

  • Find someone that will actually coach you, and make you think. Not just give you all the answers (or write your paperwork).
  • A pageant coach with a big title is great, but don’t forget the local girls that have been doing pageants for years. They are probably just as knowledgeable.
  • Your coach should be honest with you. If they are telling you that they “love” everything you are doing, they are not doing you any favors.
  • Do your research and get recommendations. Reputation and results – they are important.

I have had several pageant coaches in my lifetime, and they all specialized in a specific area of my competition – modeling, fitness, fashion, interview/communication, etc. The most important thing is that you are not getting overlapping information. It is possible to have too many coaches! So meet with your coach, listen to his/her advice, and then make your decision. Is that person pushing you to be better? Are they challenging you? Pageants are not only about wearing a crown on your head. Pageants are about personal development. If your coach isn’t pushing you to be your best self, then they aren’t doing you any justice.

Ultimately, you are the one up there on the stage, and you should be your best self. Surround yourself with individuals that are positive, encouraging, knowledgeable, and can push you to the next level of being your best self. Let’s face it, competing in pageantry is not only about winning. It’s also about developing yourself personally, so that you can walk away with a competition mindset, confidence, poise, and a true sense of who you are and where you are going in life. That’s the whole purpose of competing in a pageant anyway, right?

Sparkle On!


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