Posts in Communication
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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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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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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