Master Extemporaneous Speaking

Presented with the task of impromptu or extemporaneous speech, competitors, rodeo queen contestant or not, assume there’s no way to prepare except to practice. You can plan equally well for impromptu as all other speech types by pre-building pieces of information. Learn how…

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Dream Job: Physician Assistant, University of Colorado Children's Hospital

In our Dream Job series Project Pageantry interviews professionals in careers that you're interested in. This month we interview bi-lingual Physician Assistant and small-town native AnnaMaria Salas from the University of Colorado Children's Hospital to find out how she became a medical professional even when the odds were stacked against her, and how you can, too.

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The Cost of Comparison

Rodeo queen pageants are a game of comparison. Not just from the judges, as they score how well you ride, how well you speak, how much you know, and how put-together you look on a given day.

Leadership coach and mentor, Kelley Forseth shares advice on how to feel more comfortable in your own skin so you can get out of your own way.

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Appearance That Leaves an Impression

Appearance isn't about looking good; it’s about making a good impression. When you take the time to apply your makeup well, you show others that you care enough about the position or the opportunity to present yourself well. This is true in an interview with judges or a potential employer, sponsors, media, and future rodeo fans. When you know your appearance says that you’re confident and put together, you can focus on what matters most: showing off your hard-earned skills.

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Sell Yourself on Paper: Master the Application and Cover Letter

As a judge and former Operations director at large companies, I’ve had to look at a lot of applications in a short period of time and have learned to quickly analyze how someone sells themselves on paper.

When we as managers or interviewers pick up a piece of paper we question, “Who is this person, and what do they represent?” Watch the video or read the blog to find out ways that you can capture our attention quickly in your cover letter, application, or resume to ensure that your piece of paper stays at the top of our pile. 

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Dream Job: Internet Editor, The American Quarter Horse Association

In our Dream Job series Project Pageantry interviews professionals in careers that you're interested in. This month we interview American Quarter Horse Association Internet Editor, AQHA youth working cow horse world champion, and writer-photographer extraordinaire Tara Matsler to find out what it takes to be part of the MRA- and PRCA-sponsor organization.

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Adjust Each Others' Crown

Every year Project Pageantry sponsors the Caldwell Night Rodeo Queen contest’s Miss Congeniality award. We could have just as easily sponsored the speech award since those career-focused soft skills are in our advice-giving wheelhouse. But, we don’t! Why?

In life and in work, collaboration and cooperation is the most efficient way to get work done. We all have skills that allow us to contribute to our future team, but most of can’t do everything, nor should we have to. This is the value of a well-rounded team. 

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Pageant Prep: Advice from a Lady-in-Waiting

So you’re competing for a pageant.


You’re embarking on a journey that will change your life.

The courage it takes to apply and compete for a title shows that you have what it takes to find success, in both the pageant and the ‘real’ world. Competing for and holding a title will bring you memories and experiences that’ll continue to benefit you throughout your life.

But, there are a few things you need to do first. 

My biggest advice to girls going into a competition is to be yourself! If you are confident in who you are, why you’re competing, and can have fun and smile while doing it, not much can bring you down, girlfriend.

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Are You a Good Storyteller?

We connect with our audience, both in writing and presentation, when we share. It allows people to relate to us, and say, “Me, too.” If we can get people to say that, then we’ve connected with our audience and they’ll be more interested in what we have to say. Yes, you can make boring content engaging with your presentation, and you can win with it. But, why church up boring content when you don’t have to?

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Get Rid of the Queen Voice in your Public Speaking

Do you or someone you know have queen voice while public speaking?

Johnny Rowing of the College of Western Idaho shares how you can use phrase, pitch, pace, and pause to improve your public speaking and musicality. 

Rowing is a communications and media arts instructor at CWI and was former director and coach of five-time Division II National Collegiate Speech & Debate Champion and two-time Reserve Champion teams.

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5 Quick, Yet Powerful Ways to Improve Your Interview

Whether you're comfortable with interviews or not, if you don't practice, you leave points on the table that can mean the difference between titleholder and 1st Runner-Up. Use these five pointers to improve and practice your skills so you ace the interview portion of the contest---or other important interview.

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Make a Great Impression as Visiting Royalty

Summer’s in full swing, which means you’ll make a lot, A LOT of appearances at rodeos, parades, and contests in the next few months.

When you visit a speech banquet as visiting royalty or go to another promotion event, the expectation that causes you the most anxiety is likely to introduction---or at least, that was the case for me. It doesn't have to be that way. Learn to make a great introduction.

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Cure Writer's Block: An Outline Template for Contest-Winning Speeches

We’ve all been there. The blank page stares at you as you sip your fourth cup of coffee; you just know the caffeine is what you need to get you started. Oye! Writing a speech [insert blog, cover letter, paper] is not for the faint of heart, which is why so many people pay to outsource it.

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So, You Want to Be A Rodeo Queen?

There’s more to becoming a rodeo queen than meets the eye. The public sees the parades, the rodeo appearances, the autograph signing, the pictures, and the 50-50 raffle-ticket and program selling, but contests aren’t won or lost based on how well a girl smiles and waves.

Learn what it takes to be a rodeo queen and how to prepare for your first checklist.

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Why Project Pageantry?

It's in this vein of thinking that caused me to launch Project Pageantry. The rodeo queen community, and pageant world more holistically, can be cutthroat. Any time you get high-achieving, competitive women together and measure them against each other to determine a winner, tensions rise. Add something these women love to the mix, like horses (or a specific talent, such as dance or singing), and it's pretty much the perfect storm. But, I don't think it has to be.

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