Pageant winners have beautiful voices, so learn how to speak like a queen…
A Great Voice Can Help You Win
An excellent voice is a true asset in pageant competition because it completes a contestant’s image and makes her sound like a winner.
The vast majority of national and international pageant winners have excellent speaking voices. They sound as beautiful as they look. Winners noted for their superb voices include:
- famed television journalist Diane Sawyer (America’s Junior Miss 1963)
- Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett
- Miss Universes Michelle McLean and Margaret Gardiner
- Miss Universe 1997, Wendy Fitzwilliams
Just as a wonderful voice can help create a winning image in pageant competition, a voice that is monotone, high-pitched, nasal, or childish can cause you to lose, simply because a woman with a poor voice doesn’t sound like a winner.
In fact, a Gallup poll conducted by Dr. Lillian Glass, a vocal coach to celebrities and author of Talk to Win, revealed that if people don’t like how you sound, 64 to 80 percent of them will tune you out … no matter how great your message!
That was the case at a recent national pageant, where several women I had assumed would be top contenders fared poorly because their speaking voices were unpleasantly high-pitched and nasal. Since a titleholder spends her year speaking, speaking, speaking, judges simply can’t visualize someone who sounds like Olive Oyl being effective. And if judges can’t imagine a young woman as the winner, they’re not going to award her the title.[clear-line]
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