With all of the exciting emotions, it can be a little overwhelming to think of the upcoming obstacles on pageant day. For instance, many girls will have to participate in an interview or speaking on stage during a competition. Stuttering, freezing up or generally appearing to be nervous can cost you the competition, and knowing that your performance impacts your ability to win can make you even more nervous. Overcoming this fear before a pageant is the best technique for doing your best. Here are some tips so you can start to overcome your fear of public speaking before your next event!
- Decide what you are going to talk about before pageant day arrives. If you do not know the topic beforehand, be prepared to speak on a range of popular pageant topics.
- Use relaxation techniques right before you go on stage. Counting slowly is a good way to shift your focus off of the task at hand.
- Focus on the message that you are trying to convey during the pageant. If you find yourself becoming nervous, focus on why you are passionate about participating in pageants.
- Never apologize when you are on stage. The audience is unlikely to notice a small amount of nervousness, and apologizing just brings attention to it.
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