Pageant Onstage Question
Don't get stumped when you are asked a question that that begins with "in your opinion..." The reason is that there is no wrong answer to this question, and it's your opportunity to show your knowledge and your speaking ability. More often than not, these questions are asked in order to see how well you have researched the issues and whether you can provide an informed opinion about a controversial issue. Want help with politically controversial question, "How to Handle Politically Controversial Questions" can help.
Do Your Research
You should be knowledgeable about a variety of issues that are prominent like gun control, abortion and the death penalty. The reality is that there are many other issues you should be prepared to speak about. Some examples are social issues happening in other countries or even standardized testing in schools. If you're feeling like you don't know enough to speak your opinion, there are many great and free resources out there to show you both sides of an issue. Your personal experience and your research can increase your confidence level to help you answer these questions smoothly.
Make a Pro and Con List
A great debater and informed individual may have a strong opinion on an issue, but she should also know about the other side of the story. It's likely that your opposition has some great points. Think about how you would counter those in the event that a judge pushes back. Make a list of the top three arguments for and against your concept to help you speak clearly.
Back Up Your Statements
If you're going to tell a judge that you believe in something passionately, don't ever forget to tell them WHY. It's not enough to say "I support gay marriage." That could have been a canned answer, or worse, might communicate to the judges that you don't have any reasons to back up your statement. Think of it like an English assignment- you wouldn't write an assignment without having data or ideas to back it up, right? In the same way, you need to make sure that you have some reasons why you feel the way you do. Be respectful, but sharing these details might help you connect to the judges or at least show that you have thought about the issue. When in doubt, don't fail to trust your instincts. If you have an opinion, this question is the perfect opportunity to share it! Need help with those hard questions, check out "How to Answer Tough Pageant Interview Questions" for more help.
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