Tips for Nailing the Onstage Question

The onstage question is often considered the most nerve-racking part of the pageant experience. Here I will give you a few tips to make it less stressful.

Before competition, practice answering questions in under 30 seconds. This is the best way to figure out if you are long winded and at risk for going over the allotted time. At nationals if you go over the given 30 seconds you are deducted points. It is better to have a shorter answer than to lose points for such a silly mistake.

Do not listen to the questions/answers of the other contestants. You may think that since the questions are typically different this will not affect you. WRONG. When you are backstage or onstage, have a way to distract yourself from the answers others give. That way your brain is clear of any additional information or thoughts that will not benefit you in answering your own question appropriately. 

Listen to the entire question before you start formulating your answer. Questions may have multiple parts. If you don’t listen to the question completely you may miss when the asker adds “...and please tell us why” at the end of your question. 

Answer the actual question you were asked. This is pretty self explanatory. If you’ve ever watched pageants I’m sure you’ve been confused when a contestant gives an explanation to a question they were never asked. Plain and simple, answer the question as to not leave the judges confused. This is points out how strong of listening skills you have. 

Don’t be afraid to ask the emcee to repeat the question. Better to repeat the question than to answer the wrong question.

Best of luck!
In health and happiness,

Kelsey Craft
Miss International 2017


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