Find below, 5 pageant introduction guides and tips that will win you crowns at any competition. This list was compiled and closely viewed by top pageant gurus and judges. This, without doubt, will make you one of the favourites in any competition.
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Preparing for a pageant can almost take a lot of time and you are sure to get prepared if you ever want to win.
Most contestants get intrigued when tasked to introduce themselves in certain competitions. If you really don’t prepare and master your lines before then, there’s almost no guarantee you will sound pretty convincing in your speech. Learning the speech-act and how to introduce yourself in a pageant isn’t all that complicated or time-consuming. If you prepare enough, you can make a big impact in the few seconds it takes to introduce yourself.
We’ve compiled 5 most common pageant introductions below and tips for impressing the judges every time.
1. How to introduce Yourself at Orientation
Note, the first time that you’ll be asked to introduce yourself is at check-in/orientation. We can imagine how excited you are to be there and want to make a fabulous first impression. So, you do the introduction that you’ve practiced for the judges and/or give a list of your many appearances.
And sadly your introduction falls flat, almost nothing different.
Why? Because this kind of introduction in this setting comes across as bragging. It’s as if you’re trying to ‘one-up’ the other contestants before the competition has even begun.
Each time you’re delivering an introduction, you need to consider your audience and present your content as appropriate as possible.
Firstly when you step into the camp, your goal should be to present yourself as a pleasant, hard-working contestant who will get along well with the staff and your sister titleholders after you’ve captured the crown.
This is not the time to go on and on about your accomplishments. That will come during the competition – not the social events surrounding the pageant.
2. On-stage Pageant Introduction
As in most international competitions, contestants are often asked to step to a stage microphone to introduce themselves. Don’t underestimate the value of this moment. You need to prepare your on-stage introduction content with the same focus you do for your interview questions.
Most times, you’ll be given a general format that the pageant would like you to follow. It’s important to combine that format with a little creativity so that you don’t sound like everyone else.
However, your “creative” does not mean funny or cheesy. Remember, everyone has a different sense of humor. What literally sounds funny to you might make the judges jerk up roll their eyes.
Now, let’s assume that the pageant wants you to say your name, current title, hometown and the name of your platform. You may chose to go with this:
“Good evening, I’m Abigail John, your Miss intellect, from Wherever, Nigeria, Philippines or USA and my platform is Change ambassador.”
Fair enough, you’ve stayed within the format, but it’s just too boring.
How about twisting it and making it more lit and interesting, I mean something like this:
“Good evening. I’m Abigail John, and I’m honored to represent my hometown of Wherever, Nigeria, Philippines, USA as Miss Intellect and am an ambassador for effective change.”
While sticking to the guidelines you also sound a little more polished!
Lastly, always remember to practice your delivery skills. First, begin by walking confidently to the microphone, then you Stop, Smile, and Speak. Do not begin your intro until you’ve stopped moving. If you begin speaking while you’re still walking or striking your pose, you will come across as over-anxious. Instead, you should walk, stop, smile and speak. That’s the secret to appearing poised and confident at the microphone.
3. On-stage Personal Introduction
This comes with a bit pressure especially with the judges and audience all having their eyes gazed at you. Here, you follow the content format provided. Most organizations also have a time requirement so you must make sure to manage your time appropriately.
In your personal-introduction, You might want to emphasize your academic achievements or your community service work. The goal is to select the content that will help you stand out and be memorable.
And, to create a smooth personal introduction, you tie all the information together with a theme.
Here is an example.
“Stand out anywhere you find yourself and be the change you wish to see in your society and the world at large. I always throw up myself for bigger challenges and not scared to lead the way. During my early days in the college, I was among the few students that challenged for an immediate change after series of mismanagement conducts in my school and am fearless when I step in for a course that’s sure to bring a positive start. As a goal-oriented and caring young woman and future neurologist hoping to find a cure for Corona virus, I know I am well on my way to changing the world. Proudly representing Wherever, Nigeria, Philippine, USA, I am Abigail John.”
Here, you can easily see that the first and the last sentence both have a “changing the world” phrase. Beginning and ending with a similar phrase or concept is a great way to establish a theme.
4. Personal Interview Introduction
Your personal interview introduction could be something as simple as stating your name and contestant number. Or, you could be asked to tell the judges a little about yourself to kick off your interview.
Whether you’re just saying a few words or doing a 30-second introduction, you should prepare your content and practice your delivery skills.
If you’re just supposed to say your name and contestant number, that’s pretty easy.
But if you need to give a longer introduction, select your content as you would do for an on-stage personal introduction. If you’re doing both an on-stage personal introduction and a personal interview introduction, make sure that your themes and content are similar, but not the same.
These words create the first impression the judges have of your interview skills. So, don’t mumble your words or speak so softly the judges can’t hear you. Conversely, don’t speak so loudly and quickly that the judges find you overwhelming.
You want to come across as intelligent, prepared, and pleasant. Preparing your content and practicing your delivery is the best way to get your personal interview started.
When you register for a platform or appearance pageant, you may do some media interviews prior to your competition. You might appear on a local radio station or TV news broadcast or morning talk show. Media interviews are fun, but if the host doesn’t provide you with an introduction, the first question could be, “Tell us a little bit about yourself.”
And if you’re not ready for that question, you’re going to stumble or look confused. Why? Because you are ready to promote your pageant or your platform but didn’t think you’d be promoting yourself.
No panic. If you already prepared your other types of introduction, you will have an insight of what to say for a media introduction.
First, take a look at your on-stage personal introduction or your personal interview introduction. Remove the “theme” phrases and focus on your accomplishments and community service. Then end with a sentence about your current title and the upcoming pageant. Easy peasy.
It’s really tempting to overlook your prep for your pageant introduction. But as you can see, creating a great introduction isn’t hard. It just takes a little thinking and a little time.
Whether you give your introduction on-stage or in the interview, it demonstrates whether or not you prepare like a top contestant. Top contestants work to achieve a high level of excellence in all aspects of their competition. Even if it’s only worth 10% of their total score.
I hope this guides here puts you at first and make you sound convincing enough during your pageant introduction. Remember, it’s a competition and everyone out there wants to be seen as the favourite hence the need to prepare well. Find time to go through the guides here, learn and master every tips and we can guarantee you that you will make a great impression at your next competition. Wish you all the very best and do find time to come back here for more pageant tips.
This pageant introduction tips are compiled by the director of this platform, Ifezuoke Chikodili, an ardent international pageant observer.