Win A Pageant | Professional Pageant Coaching With Alycia Darby



Alycia Darby shares coaching and guest interviews every week to simplify pageantry for women in pageants like Miss USA, Miss America, Miss International, Miss United States, Miss Universe, Ms. World, and more. She educates pageant contestants with tips on fitness, pageant interview, platform, fashion, beauty and more in a new episode every Wednesday. Let's Win A Pageant!


  • 021: Interview with Ms. Delaware America, Sheri Jenkins

    26/08/2015 Duración: 22min

    Sheri Jenkins is a wife, mother, advocate, entrepreneur and Ms. Delaware America 2015.  She has been involved with the Delaware and Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition as annual chair for Northern Lights of Life and volunteers at countless events.   Sheri led the efforts as event chair for the inaugural Go Red Luncheon benefitting the American Heart Association and continues her participation in this event as the fashion show coordinator. With 20 years’ experience as a professional development manager, she developed curriculums for adult communication and leadership skills.  She is also a licensed real estate agent and certified life coach.  Links: National Breast Cancer Coalition Ms. America Pageant Watch the Pageant Online: Alert The Globe Sheri's Facebook Profile Sheri's Ms. Delaware America Facebook Page Sheri's Instagram     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 020: Interview with Miss Maine Teen USA 2010, Norissa Lee Morse

    19/08/2015 Duración: 18min

    Norissa Lee Morse started her career as a model for famous gown designer, Jovani. She competed in several small pageants winning the Miss Congeniality award before winning the title of Miss Maine Teen USA in 2010. After relinquishing her crown, Norissa worked for Seventeen Magazine in NYC as a fashion intern. She recently graduated high honors with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. She currently lives in Maine where she runs her beauty/fashion blog  Follow Norissa on Instagram and Twitter!      © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 019: Are You Really Ready to Compete?

    11/08/2015 Duración: 13min

    Competition can appear to be so much fun – and it is! It also takes a lot of commitment to truly have a great year and get the most out of it. When you aren’t fully prepared to win, you risk your reputation. When you are fully prepared, you’ll have an understanding of what’s required of you and you’ll be prepared to step into the role with full confidence. With preparation, people will know they can count on you and respect you for your ability to deliver on your promises.  In this episode, I’m going to share a list of 10 questions I recommend you consider of yourself before you decide to compete for your next title. Plus, the question that I’m sure is looming in the back of your mind.     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 018: Personal On-Stage Introduction

    05/08/2015 Duración: 08min

    The pageant introduction is often the first impression the judges and the audience receive from the contestant. It’s vital that this introduction is authentic and also consistent with who the contestant truly is, and, it can’t hurt if it’s also intelligent, entertaining, and educational. That can be a lot to cram into 30 seconds. In this episode, I’ll walk you through an easy process to come up with your engaging on-stage introduction.     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 017: Meeting a Judge in an Elevator

    29/07/2015 Duración: 13min

    It’s not unusual to meet a judge in an elevator. In fact, it’s an amazing opportunity to connect with anyone in a short yet focused amount of time. Think about it: an elevator conversation with a stranger usually only lasts about 2 minutes and it makes an otherwise awkward moment into a remarkably pleasant one. What else do you do in an elevator but stare at the numbers lighting up above the door in anticipation of your floor. But, if you’re not prepared for a conversation those could be the longest 2 minutes of silence all weekend. In this episode, Alycia presents a step-by-step process with examples of exactly how to respond when you meet a judge outside of the interview room. The most common place: the hotel elevator.     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 016: Managing Pre-Pageant Stress

    22/07/2015 Duración: 08min

    Pageants can be like many other big life moments like changing schools, starting a new job, moving across country, there are a lot of pressures that come upon you during these times and they can be truly overwhelming. You can’t win a pageant as a ball of stress. When you start feeling like your having an out-of-body experience – it’s gone to far. Jump in a bubble bath with your day planner and start create an action plan to soothe your stress. In this episode, I’ll give you 6 specific ways to manage your pre-pageant stress.     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 015: The Anatomy of a Proper Thank You

    15/07/2015 Duración: 08min

    Showing gratitude is proper etiquette for those with good social graces, but writing a proper thank you note isn’t taught in school. My mom taught me some amazing skills in thank you notes, and so have my clients! In this episode, I’ll share with you an easy way to formulate your thank you notes so they are timely, personal, significant, and thoughtful. Plus, I’ll share examples of thank you notes from my clients at so you can see how others show their gratitude.     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 014: Handling Tough Interview Questions

    08/07/2015 Duración: 09min

    Pageant interviews aren’t designed to be easy. In fact, I believe they are far more difficult than job interviews. Most pageants allow for anything. Therefore, crazy questions are asked.  And you need to be prepared to deal with them. But, that doesn’t mean you’ll always have a slick answer to every question. Just as in real life people ask all sorts of dumb, offensive, provocative, inappropriate and rude questions when you’re least expecting it – so, you have to be prepared to react. In this episode, Alycia teaches 4 methods of responding to tough interview questions and gives examples for you to practice.     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • Fit Tip #2: Healthy Party Dish – Almond Dip

    03/07/2015 Duración: 01min

    Want a delicious party dip that's healthy?! I've got one for you: Almond Dip! It's super easy. Just mix together Almond Butter and Greek Yogurt and serve with sliced apples. When you do, take a picture and post to Instagram with the #WinAPageant so I can take a look! I share all the details of the recipe in this episode.      © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 013: What Not to Do After Winning: 7 Suggestions from my failures

    01/07/2015 Duración: 12min

    Winning a pageant can be exhilarating, spectacular, overwhelming, exhausting and confusing. In this episode, I'll train you to avoid some common mistakes of pageant winners. People see you as a powerful entity and in fact, ‘with great power comes great responsibility.’ One year goes by very quickly and you have to be prepared to make fast decisions that have the most beneficial impact and do no harm. That’s not easy. However, I do have 7 specific cautions that I believe will help you to avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made over the years as a titleholder.      © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.  

  • Fit Tip #1: How to Order a Healthy Meal at a Restaurant

    26/06/2015 Duración: 02min

    Today’s Fit Tip is how to order a healthy meal at a restaurant. When you’re always on the go, it’s hard to cook at home and pack your meals, so you find yourself eating out a lot. Don’t be tempted by the delicious, greasy, fatty smells and the hoopla of other people ordering delicious garbage. Stay true to your healthy lifestyle. At the same time, you don’t want to look like you only eat ice cubes and almonds. In this episode Alycia shares three go-to meals for eating out and the important tip to tell the waiter!      © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 012: What Not to Do During Crowning: 7 Don’ts of Your Crowning Moment

    24/06/2015 Duración: 09min

    In an exciting moment like winning a pageant title, you may momentarily lose your wits if you’re not wise. When you are standing in the spotlight, whatever impression you leave will last – perception is reality, so you don’t want to come off bratty, ungrateful, or just crazy. In this episode, Alycia will share a list of 7 things not to do when you’re crowned, which will make your winning moment: graceful, photogenic, and respectable.     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 011: Kill Pageant Patty: Stop Sounding Like an Infomercial

    17/06/2015 Duración: 08min

    Sometimes when you’re trying to be poised and articulate you forget to also be human. When you come off as overly rehearsed, you can sound like an infomercial - or worse: a "Pageant Patty!" In this episode, Alycia gives you a 4-step exercise to add excitement and emotion into your speech to keep your audience and your judges engaged the whole time you're talking.      © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 010: Know Yourself Enough to Win

    10/06/2015 Duración: 10min

    Pageant judges want to be sure they choose someone that is able to shoulder the responsibility of the title. You must be confident enough in your own skin that you can communicate who you are and what you believe in. In this episode, Alycia gives you several questions you can reflect on to understand the unique strengths and values that make you wonderful!     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 009: On-Stage Question Made Easy: No More Nerves!

    09/06/2015 Duración: 16min

    Just like a celebrity prepares to promote their movie on a talk show or a politician is debriefed for a press conference, you, too, must be prepared with talking points for the public. Having a process to understand the on-stage question is key to preparing your talking points for your answer. In this episode, Alycia explains what the judges are looking for in on-stage question and gives you a process to easily create a one-size-fits-all answer for most pageant questions. Plus, she shares her actual answer from Miss International 2014.     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 008: Visualizing Your Win

    08/06/2015 Duración: 11min

    Visualizing your win is a powerful exercise to believing you are suited to win the pageant. If you can watch yourself winning, you are far more likely to believe deep enough to actual take the crown. Alycia leads you through a guided meditation to visualize yourself winning your pageant.        © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.  

  • 007: 12 Tips to Display Charisma like James Bond

    07/06/2015 Duración: 14min

    You’ve heard this a million times, “She’s got it!” “There’s just something about her…” “Wow – She’s just wow.” It’s the ‘It Factor’; the attractive quality that someone exudes which makes you want to be near them, befriend them, or perhaps choose them for the title or a promotion. You know it when you see it. So…what is ‘it’?!  It’s Charisma! Charisma is a unique combination of characteristics, which allow an individual to standout in a crowd, appeal to an audience, and grab the attention of judges and others. It’s no secret that charisma has the power to persuade. If you’ve ever seen a James Bond movie, you know what I’m talking about. Charisma is something that anyone can exude at all times. Meaning, it has nothing to do with looks, education, skills, etc. It is really more of an attitude. I’ve created a list of 12 specific things that can help you develop that ‘it-factor’ charisma.       © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.  

  • 006: A Recipe for Story Telling

    06/06/2015 Duración: 12min

    I believe in a pageant interview, you don’t need to know the questions as long as you know the answers. So, I want to teach you how to come up with a bunch of awesome answers through the art of story telling. Stories are the basis of human connection. We are able to connect with people through sharing stories and understanding where someone else came from based on what they’ve experienced. The best communication happens when people know you, like you and trust you. Knowing how to tell a good story is key to getting people to know, like, and trust you!     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 005: 3 Things To Make or Break Your Pageant Interview

    05/06/2015 Duración: 10min

    In your pageant interview, the judges are expecting you to be prepared to communicate your best self during your interview. That means, whether it’s 2 minutes or 20 minutes, the responsibility is on you. Therefore, you have to be in control of the values you want to communicate, the stories you want to share, and how you will make an impact as the new titleholder.  I’ll teach you the top three things you should communicate during your interview. You can prepare and practice these in advance so that you have an incredible interview and feel confident that you communicated who you are.     © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

  • 004: To Win or Not to Win: Determine Your Ultimate Goal

    04/06/2015 Duración: 14min

    Just because you enter a pageant, doesn’t mean you have to want to win…yes, seriously. Pageant contestants sometimes get caught up in the need to win without truly considering what they really want. Here, I’ll teach you a 4-step exercise to help you determine your ultimate goal. You’ll be surprised to see some of the reasons that woman compete to not win their pageant. Teresa Scanlan, former Miss America 2011, is a good example of someone who won her first local, state, and national title and may have missed out on a longer pageant career if that was her goal. We can’t say for sure what her ultimate goal was, though I don’t know too many people who would bulk at a national title opportunity like that! This exercise is also helpful for every pageant you enter because it can bring up some hidden fears that you may have that you aren’t even aware of. These fears and insecurities can keep you from winning the title – unless you surface them now.      © Alycia Darby Zimnoch 2015 Win A Pageant  All Rights Reserved.

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