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Win A Pageant® | Professional Pageant Coaching with Alycia Darby

Alycia Darby shares coaching exercises weekly to simplify pageantry for women in pageants like Ms. America, Miss USA, Miss America, Miss International and Mrs. America. She educates pageant contestants with tips on fitness, interview, modeling, platform, fashion, beauty and more in a new episode every Wednesday. Are you ready to win a pageant?

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108: Pageant Interview Prep - AMAZING 10-Step Strategy from a Miss USA

In today's episode, I want to share with you some advice from Ms Lu Parker, Miss USA 1994 about preparing for your pageant interview that I love. In my pageant preparation, one of my goals was to constantly put myself in new situations where I could meet and interact with new people. The idea of this is to get more and more comfortable talking with ease to strangers in attempt to remove the pressure during pageant interview. As I prepared, I realized the more I had unique experiences, the more fun the interview process became. Ms. Parker takes this to a whole new level! In this episode, I share her idea and use it to create a strategy you can implement to help you prepare for your pageant interview. When you implement this 10-step strategy, you'll gain skills in leadership, flipping the power dynamic, and discover a flow for interview timing. For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

8mins

24 May 2017

Rank #1

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102: Top 8 Pageant Tips from the Best National Coaches

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 For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

14mins

12 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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114: Standing Out From the Rest, How Alex Wehrley Gained Success After the Miss USA Pageant

Alycia interviews Alex Wehrley, host of Business Rockstars, a former Miss Wisconsin USA, one of Los Angeles Business Journal's "20 in their Twenties," and the founder of #Empowerista, a multimedia movement to celebrate female leaders and empower imperfectly perfect women. Alex is a storyteller at heart. She has told stories as a TV host for shows like the 2015 Miss USA telecast, 2017 Miss USA prelims and pre-show, E! News Now, Hollywood Today Live, AMAs Coca Cola Red Carpet Live and more. Through #Empowerista, Alex features women breaking barriers in her Focus Magazine interview series, mentors up and coming professionals, and connects powerful and purposeful women to each other at her networking events. For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

34mins

5 Jul 2017

Rank #3

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053: 7 Must-Know Pageant Etiquette Tips to Protect Your Reputation

Most women learn pageant etiquette as they go through the process of pageantry, generally because someone else does something that they really respect or they do something that everyone else disrespects…and points it out! This has happened to me, I’m sure it’s happened to you because it happens to all of us. Do not fret – if you pay attention to today’s episode, I’ll save you a lot of embarrassment. This episode uncovers some Pageant Etiquette, which is vital to maintaining your reputation in the pageant industry. Fill Out the Pageant Interview Questionnaire at: http://WinAPageant.com/53 © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2016 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

17mins

6 Apr 2016

Rank #4

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086: 5 Tips to Loosen Up in Your Pageant Interview

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 Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2016 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

8mins

7 Dec 2016

Rank #5

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091: 3 Steps to Turn Your Fears Into Strengths

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 Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

18mins

25 Jan 2017

Rank #6

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092: How to Become a Pageant Star

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! For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

14mins

1 Feb 2017

Rank #7

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115: 5 Tips to Immediately Improve Your Pageant Walk with Dani Walker

Dani Walker is the creator and host of globally recognized Youtube channel Pageant Access. Over a decade of experience in pageantry and entertainment, inspired her to create a channel about pageantry reviews, beauty and fashion, which utilizes the knowledge she gained from holding titles for the largest pageant systems in the world including National American Miss, Miss America and Miss USA. Currently represented by Peak Models and Talent, Dani works as a model, blogger, event host, pageant coach, while traveling as a vlogger. She helps girls across the country capture state and national titles. While her channel helps numerous others to win titles around the world. Her ultimate goal is to empower women to be confident and successful. Website: http://daniwalkerofficial.wixsite.com/daniwalker Youtube: Pageant Access Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniwalkerofficial/ https://www.facebook.com/Pageant-Access-1449693955249903/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daniwalker/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/pageantaccess/?hl=en Twitter: @daniwalkermusic For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

43mins

12 Jul 2017

Rank #8

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121: Pageant Interview Practice Questions and Sample Answers

Get the Free Pageant Course at: http://FreePageantCourse.com  Today, I'm going to share the top 5 questions that you can expect to be asked in your pageant interview. And, I'll help you develop your own answer by given you some sample answers to get your creative juices flowing. The point of this exercise is not so that you'll memorize answers, but rather so that you can get to know yourself in a variety of ways and do some self-reflection in comfort before you're asked these questions under pressure. Get the FREE Training: 3 Rookie Pageant Interview Mistakes (and how to avoid them) at http://FreePageantCourse.com For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

13mins

23 Aug 2017

Rank #9

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097: Maureen Francisco - Knowing You're Ready to Win

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 Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

33mins

8 Mar 2017

Rank #10

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056: Winners Take Action: The 3 Steps to Achieve Your Big Goal

In today’s episode I want to share with you a key to success. It’s simple, but it is not easy. It’s called Action. Taking action is the number one thing that separates the good from the excellent – all the people with amazing ideas from those with amazing results. Taking actions means using the knowledge that you’re gaining from teachers, coaches, books, life wisdom…even this podcast…and allowing it to flow through your strengths and your skills and take action to help others. People who don’t take action, aren’t releasing their knowledge into the world. Imagine a running creek of water that is constantly refreshed, taking in new information and sharing it on down the road. If nothing is flowing through you, you’re either a swampland or a flood. If you aren’t gaining anything new to pass along, you’re swampy. If you are only gaining new information and not taking action to let it flow through your, you’re flooding. Other people can tell if you’re swampy or flooding and no one wants to hire someone that is seen as swampy or flooding – not even pageant judges. In this episode, I’ll share with you the 3 simple steps to take action to achieve your big goals! Full Show Notes: http://WinAPageant.com/56 Please leave a Review: http://WinAPageant.com/iTunes Email Alycia: Alycia@WinAPageant.com Start Here: http://FreePageantCourse.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2016 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

15mins

26 Apr 2016

Rank #11

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087: 3 Types of Pageant Interview Practice

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 Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2016 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

7mins

14 Dec 2016

Rank #12

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131: 4 Tips to Prepare for Your Pageant Like You've Already Won with Miss United States, Rachael Todd

In this episode Alycia interviews Rachael Todd. Rachael Todd is Miss United States 2017. Using her unique life story, education, and experiences she advises women on how to let go of false beliefs, change their thought patterns, step into their authentic selves and discover where their passions and their strengths intersect. By utilizing her certifications in yoga, positive psychology, nutrition and health coaching Rachael helps women to live a their lives from a Whole Body Wellbeing perspective. Follow Rachael Todd : www.Rachaeltodd.com MissUnitedStatesPageant.com instagram: @rachael.todd @missunitedstates Twitter: @rachael_todd Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RKTconsulting Email: info@rachaeltodd.com For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

39mins

1 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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103: Allyson Rowe: How to Stay True to Your Faith in Pageantry

In this episode, Alycia Darby interviews Allyson Rowe, motivational speaker and Miss Washington USA 2014! Allyson is a powerful speaker, professional makeup and skin specialist, and dedicated business woman. She carries a passion to see every woman embrace her own unique identity and walk it out confidently. Since her reign, Allyson began writing her first book, is a Top 15 pageant coach, and travels all over the country, speaking into and building confidence in the lives of women of all backgrounds and ages. Watch the full video interview at WinAPageant.com/103! For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

47mins

19 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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129: Transform Your Pageant Walk with Miss Universe Runway Coach and Supermodel Lu Sierra

Lu has graced the catwalks of the top fashion houses around the globe. A powerhouse runway and print model, Lu was discovered by the Zoli modeling agency in New York. She began her career as a showroom model and quickly made a name for herself as the “go-to” model for the runways of Bob Mackie, Bill Blass Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy, Patrick Kelly, Giorgio Armani, Escada, and Randolph Duke -just to name a few. She has been on covers and pages of top magazines and made numerous television and movie appearances. As a successful and sought after model, Lu brings her expertise to the pageant world where she trains and coaches thousands of young ladies for Miss USA and the Miss Universe Pageants. As a coach and runway expert she teaches her technique on the runway, develops poise & presence, and continues to inspire those interested in the fashion and modeling world. Join us at the Beauty|Brand|Believe Expo on March 10th in Washington! Get the details and register at: http://BeautyBrandBelieve.com Connect with Lu: http://LuSierra.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

47mins

18 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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104: How Can I Be More Photogenic in Pictures?

In this episode, Alycia answers a question from a listener, Michele who struggles with her image in images. She wants to know how to appear more photogenic in everyday pictures and photos for the judge's headshot. Alycia gives 5 specific ways to look better in your photos so you appear more photogenic. Got a question you want Alycia to answer? Your question could be featured with my answer on an upcoming episode of Win A Pageant. Record your question for me at WinAPageant.com/Q. For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

10mins

26 Apr 2017

Rank #16

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124: What Pageant Judges Are Looking For (Top 3 Qualities for a Beauty Pageant)

Get the Free Pageant Course at: http://FreePageantCourse.com  There is no mystery about what the judges aren't looking for. They aren't looking for a self-centered, mean girl who hates people. What they are looking for is a much longer list. We can't know the entire list of what the judges want in a titleholder (because frankly, they won't know until they meet her), but there are three specific characteristics that historically win - even if the judges aren't necessarily looking' for them. The good news is: you can communicate all of them if you prepare in a mindful way. The bad news is: so can everyone else. More good news is: few women actually take the time to prepare If you apply the 3 characteristics I'm about to teach you to your pageant preparation, you'll already be light-years ahead of the competition. Get the FREE Training: 3 Rookie Pageant Interview Mistakes (and how to avoid them) at http://FreePageantCourse.com For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

6mins

13 Sep 2017

Rank #17

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134: Defining Your Brand for Star Power with Kerry Damiano

In this episode Alcycia interviews Kerry Damiano. Kerry Damiano is a former Miss Idaho USA. She is the owner of Dazzling Performance, the Executive Producer, Creator, and Host of The StyleFyle. Recently she launched her own women's clothing and jewelry line. She has been involved in pageantry since 1981 in all three capacities of judge, titleholder and contestant, and as a current Pageant Coach and Wardrobe Consultant, she trains young women in fashion, modeling, interview and public speaking. Kerry is also an accomplished Pianist, a Motivational Speaker to women's organizations and youth groups, and has a Scripture memorization ministry called The Amazing Word. In her spare time, she loves to travel, having been to over 100 countries. Join us at the Beauty|Brand|Believe Expo on March 10th in Washington! Get the details and register at: BeautyBrandBelieve.com Follow Kerry Damiano: KerryDamiano.com BeautyBrandBelieve.com For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2017 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

32mins

22 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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085: The Truth About "Fake it 'til you Make it"

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 For details from this episode and more resources visit: http://WinAPageant.com Email the host at Alycia@WinAPageant.com © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2016 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

6mins

30 Nov 2016

Rank #19

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060: 4 Steps to Leap Out of a Pageant Rut

If you've been losing more than winning, you know what I mean about being in a Pageant Rut. Its awful. Its when you feel like you're spinning your wheels, paralyzed by over-analyzing and trying to make sense of things that don't matter, or falling into the same bad habits you've always had because you don't know how to change it. Ugh...you need to leap out of that rut before you die there! In this episode, I give you a 4-step path to quickly get out of a pageant rut so you can actually start winning and feeling fabulous! Details on the show notes at: http://winapageant.com/60 © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2016 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

19mins

25 May 2016

Rank #20