Confidence and Poise
By Mary Swenson
Confidence and PoiseOct 09, 2023
Ever felt like you were in a slump or a rut? Lacking motivation and energy? Let's talk about it and discuss a couple life lessons as well!
We've all been there. Stuck in the pit of a comparison trap. Whether it's pageants or just every day life, it's so easy to get into the comparison game. Discuss where this comes from, how it plays a role in pageants, and how to combat it! Comparison is the thief of joy- stop letting your joy get stolen.
Goodbye 2022, Hello 2023
Let's reflect on moments from 2022, both in the pageant world and for Mary personally. Discuss predictions and goal-setting for the new year. This episode also touches on mindset, what to look for in a trustworthy pageant, and a few(!) of Mary's favorite pageants.
NAM/IJM/IAM Special Episode!
Are you heading off to the IAM Pageant Powerhouse in Orlando Florida?! Whether you are doing NAM, IJM, or both- stay tuned for some helpful tips as this is Mary’s ELEVENTH year in attendance. Let's do this!
What's a Platform and Mental Health Matters
Learn what pageant girls mean when they say "platform"- no it's not shoes! Get some ideas on how to develop your own plus learn about Mary's past platform and what it could be today! Special guest, Natalia Yurecko discusses mental health with Mary as well.
Why Didn't I Win?
It's the age-old question when you're left standing on stage without that crown... "why didn't I win?". Something many pageant girls- or anyone in subjective industries- have experienced before. Dissect why you really may not have gotten the results you wanted with an inside look from a judging perspective. Plus, strategies for parents and competitors to make your experiences positive- crown or not.
Is that a Sherri?!
Let’s talk pageant wardrobe! Tips for selecting (and rocking) fantastic interview outfits, gowns, and more. Get the low down on popular pageant designers and styles that will wow your judges.
Body Image Blues
At some point in our lives, we all seem to struggle with maintaining a positive body image. Explore Mary’s personal journey and learn a few tips that hopefully can help you too. Plus, body image and its role in pageantry.
Do you dread doing an interview? Whether it’s for a pageant, a job, a scholarship, whatever- interviewing CAN be an enjoyable process. Learn 5 pro tips to become an Interview Queen!
Like Toddlers and Tiaras, right?
The inevitable question when I tell people I am a pageant coach... "so, it's like Toddlers and Tiaras, right?". Uncover my thoughts on the show, how it does and doesn't compare to "real" pageantry, and explore the parent role in pageants. Pageant Pro Tips, Sister Shout Outs, and Quotable Quotes along the way.
Where It All Began
Going back to where it all began! My personal pageant journey- how I got started and how it turned out. Pageant Pro Tips, Sister Shout Outs, and Quotable Quotes along the way too.
What to expect and a little bit about the girl behind the podcast! Plus, preview of episode one.