As my year on the 2015 National Beef Ambassador Team comes to an end, I would like to share my tips and tricks for the competition. Both Will and I competed at the 2011 National Beef Ambassador Competition as juniors, so this wasn’t our first rodeo. Whether you are a returning contestant or if this is your first time, it is important to remember to keep your nerves in check. This experience is supposed to be fun! With or without a title, you can still advocate for the beef community. Some of the best beef ambassadors I know are just ordinary people that spark up conversations with friends and family about beef. Don’t be overwhelmed by the competition! This is a time to meet other people with similar interests as you. Some of my closest friends are my teammates, and I never would have met them if I hadn’t become involved with this program.Be yourself! The best way to relate to people is to just be yourself. People will notice if you are trying to be someone that you aren’t. Everyone has a different personality and style of relating to people.
Remember to smile and have fun! This is a learning experience. Whether you walk away with the title or not, you took the initiative to make it to the national competition. Enjoy every moment of it. Good luck to all of the National Beef Ambassador contestants! Go beef!