Many contestants do not realize the weight of the Introduction in the competition.
Again, this is a second look for judges to get to know you. The judges have already seen you in Interview and made a judgment about you. Many girls think about Introduction the same way they think about Finals Night, believing the judges have already made a decision and there’s no reason to try. Not only is this a defeatist attitude, but it is also very inaccurate.
The Twinkle in Your Eye
“Those who win in the interview process appear with a twinkle in their eye which gives the interviewer the impression of their apparent eagerness to be there: great posture, breathing under control and a warm smile are mandatory and make the ‘twinkle in the eye’ easier to accomplish!” This can be applied to the Introduction portion as well. All of the above are vital to how those around us, and most importantly, the judges perceive us.
Do not discount the Introduction. Practice in the mirror and in front of an audience. Others can often pick up on small, involuntary patterns in speech and movement. Remember, you want to appear comfortable. Mr. Hillman has also said, “Whether one is scared beyond words on the inside really has nothing to do with outside appearances.” You must master the mind before you can tame the body. Keep calm and hold those shoulders back, project your voice, smile, don’t over think it, and well, you get the picture.