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Become a Platform Spokesperson
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So youve got a fabulous personal platform, but how to you go about getting appearances and becoming an official spokesperson for your platform? Join me as the queen of appearances, Alexandria Rodriguez, Mrs. Texas International , and Brian Marquis, Public Liaison Officer for the National Institute on Drug Abuse , talk about how to put together an appearance plan that works. Plus well discuss what you need to know to approach organizations related to your platform to become their official spokesperson. If you've been struggling with your platform, you need to listen to this!
Episode Segments:
Become a Platform Spokesperson Part One
Alexandria Rodriguez talks about her approach to pageantry, how to make the most of your appearances, and the different issues shes involved with. Brian Marquis also talks about the National Institute on Drug Abuses Go Back to School Program , and how they became involved with Alexandria.
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Become a Platform Spokesperson Part Two
Brian Marquis shares his initial impressions of Alexandria, and has information on putting together a great appearance plan & where you can find out more about the National Center on Drug Abuse. Alexandria will tell you about some of the guidelines to being a spokesperson and the right way to contact an organization.
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Ask Valerie!
In this weeks Q & A, Valerie will help you work within a tight budget, and tell you how to find out if a pageant is all it says it is. My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-f6fbaea2dcf7fba020b5266c5b962355}
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Brian Marquis
Brian Marquis is currently the Public Liaison Officer for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), where he is charged with the dissemination of NIDA’s science-based materials and publications. Specifically, Mr. Marquis promotes the NIDA Goes Back to School campaign through speaking engagements, publication dissemination, and activities such as Web Chat Day, where students will have the opportunity to ask real NIDA researchers their questions.

Click here to Learn More about NIDA.

Alexandra Rodriguez
Alexandra Rodriguez was crowned Mrs. Texas International 2008 on April 13, 2008 at the beautiful Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas. Born and raised in Europe, Alexandra immigrated in the United States almost 9 years ago and is now a proud, and devoted, US citizen. Alexandra is a proud wife and mother. She is married to Rene Rodriguez, a 20 year veteran and supervisor from the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD). Together, they have a beautiful 2 year old baby girl, Demi. No stranger to the spotlight, Alexandra is a former ice skater/performer for Disney. She is also an accomplished model and actress. Like her husband, Alexandra is also a former member of the law enforcement family. Beacuse of the disastrous incidents she witnessed first-hand, she is instinctively drawn to the concerns of “Narco-Terrorism”. This concern became more of a passion when she became a mother. Her goal is to help all children who are at great risk of the ever-forging enemy of drugs, alcohol, and substance abuse. As Mrs. Texas, Alexandra has dedicated her reign to raising awareness and to the prevention of “Narco-Terrorism”. She believes that by opening the lines of communication and through education, people from all walks of life will be able to recognize, and ultimately understand, the causes/risks of addiction. Education will also introduce prevention techniques and treatment options. To promote her cause, Alexandra is endorsing the efforts of The National Institute on Drug Abuse. NIDA supports most of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. As part of this national alliance, Alexandra is able to expand her anti-drug campaign and reach the "national community".

Click here to visit The Mrs. Texas International Website.