Media today has become an integral part of our personality, there is no denying the fact that it plays a vital role in building your image and personality. Therefore, it becomes imperative on your part to learn to handle media and use it to the best of your advantage.
Here we are going to discuss a few very basic things that would help you in your real life as well.
- How to face the camera?
The fundamentals of how to look at your best and sound your best.
There are few things that you need to keep in mind while giving a television byte or interview. Please make sure not to get stiff. Practice keeping a smiling face. That would help you in relaxing and sending a message to the world that you have a pleasing personality. If you are sitting on a sofa, please make sure not to sit back as this would unnecessary show your double chin.
The posture as per the expert advice is to sit across or lean forward at approximately fifteen degrees. Look at the reporter. Never look up, you may look down occasionally. Maintain a calm and poised posture. Please do not rush to answer. They want to hear from you, that’s the reason you are here. So take your time, formulate your answers and then respond.
Whenever you are posed with a question, listen carefully. Remember, 85% of the communication skill is listening and only 15% is speaking. When you are
Listening to someone have a slight smile. That you’ll look relaxed and comfortable. Use your
Body language to your best advantage. I suggest you use your hands liberally. Let it free.
Direct mail is a powerful tool for getting your message out. The best way to convey your message is to be precise.Frame a message for the media interview. When sending out the mailer,keep in mind that it should not be more than ten words. Build your message to 30 seconds.
Brainstorm and get your point across,know your self and what message you want to send across to the world. Make your message to be interesting. What would interest the reporter? Keep what is of common interest to you,to your reporter and to your audience as well. Brainstorm and form the message. It is advisable to be prepared in advance. A short and simple message can create wonders for you,
3. How to face questions?
Because you’re applying for a job to be a public figure. To be a successful titleholder, you’ve got to be more than a pretty face.
We all know the stereotypes of women who are attractive but self-obsessed, clueless, and vain. Society loves to pit beauty queens in this category. But most successful contestants are the opposite. You need leadership qualities and an awareness of current events. That starts with staying abreast of issues facing your community and your country. But maybe you don’t read the news. What then? You must start.
Many contestants barely follow news before starting to compete. Trying to absorb news stories without any existing context may be confusing. Try and understand the full story. Do lots of online research and ask friends and family to join you in discussions at mealtimes. Talking about current events in real life will allow you to get answers. Be a sponge and read voraciously. Follow news outlets, read magazine articles, and listen to anything that will enhance your understanding of current affairs. Observe what’s trending on social media the morning of your interview in case judges decide to ask you about it. The best time to become informed is long before the pageant. Start studying current events as early as you can. It’s the best base off for you to form your own opinions.
Have an Opinion
Because judges are not looking for a robot reciting a script. They want someone with her perspective and beliefs.
Because practice is the way to improve at anything in life.
You can not expect to improve your interview game without practising. Create time to practice, in some way, every day during the six months before the competition. If you have a prep committee or coach, request as many mock interviews as possible.
To know more about the interview and communication skills, you can refer to my book, A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BEAUTY PAGEANT.
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