Testimonials from Pageant Contestants

“Mental Management taught me a new way to approach my pageant and interview preparation.  I learned that being in the right frame of mind was just as important as how I answer the questions.  Heather Sumlin is a great mentor and the way she took a personal interest in me was something that I truly appreciated and valued.  I felt very confident, calm and well prepared when I entered the interview room at Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen and I am confident that my training with Heather and Mental Management really helped me to feel this way!” Reilly Johannsen, Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen, 2011


“Mental Management helped me so much in my preparations leading up to Miss Texas and during the competition.  I used the techniques and tips I learned from Mental Management to keep my nerves under control in practice and the real performance. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the personalized interview training I did with Heather Sumlin. I always felt like interview was my weakness, but after working with Heather, I achieved my goal of winning overall interview at Miss Texas.” Kendall Morris, Miss Texas 2011


“Mental Management has given me a completely different outlook on competing and how I see every opportunity & obstacle in life.  It has given me confidence and peace with who I am and what I can offer others. The mental tools I’ve been given are very adaptable, fun and easy to use.  Mental Management has taken my competition to the next level, and truly helped me win Miss Texas.” Ashley Melnick, Miss Texas 2010


“Mental Management gave me the tools to control my attitude and mentality under pressure, so I can perform to my fullest potential.” Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009

“Mental Management has changed my life, I used to get so nervous before competing, but I now channel my nervous energy and butterfly stomach and use it as fuel for my competition.”Shilah Phillips, Miss Texas 2006 and 1st RU to Miss America 2007

“Mental Management helped me immensely in my positive power thinking and attitude. But, what I really learned from Mental Management is how to maximize on opportunities asMissNCUSA and how to be a dynamic business woman. I learned the importance of networking and how to do it. I learned how to be assertive in pursuing my goals and booking my own events and appearances. I became my own business manager, and because of their skills they taught me and inspiration they instilled in me, I became an Ambassador to the USO of NC, coordinated a press conference at Duke Hospital featuring the work of two doctors and their research on cures for breast and ovarian cancer, and sang the national anthem at the Duke vs. UNC-Chapel Basketball game. Mental Management will help you reach your goals with persistence, positive thinking, and determination.” Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009


“Mental Management helped me achieve a level of concentration and confidence that is necessary for anyone seeking the job of Miss America. I received mental strategies and training techniques that I could easily transfer into daily life. Now when the competition begins, nothing will distract me from the task at hand. Thanks, Heather!” Olivia Myers, Miss Iowa 2008, 2nd RU to Miss America 2009

“I would highly recommend working with Heather at Mental Management to any contestant serious about winning. Not only will she guide you through the process of developing an effective mental game for competition, she will help you expand your goals beyond your current vision, and give you the support and encouragement you need while working toward them. She was a true asset to my pageant preparation and personal growth. I already have plans to utilize her services for my professional business ventures.”
 – Jennifer Neal, former Miss Iowa Contestant T10 ’07, 2RU ’08, 1RU ’09, 2RU ’10


Eight years ago when I won Miss Teen Texas, I learned the importance of being mentally prepared. In the pageant world, one’s mental focus affects every category of competition, not to mention the impression that is left on others. I truly believe that had I not gone into the pageant fully mentally ready, I would not have won. 

Mental well-being and preparedness can also be applied to life. How does one react in the workplace? At home? In tackling new tasks?

When I began working with Mental Management as Miss Texas I finally found an actual system to help develop this mental capacity. Not only does it help organize focus into a mental structure, but also frees one’s mind from the extra weight and mis-management presented by everyday life. Mental Management is crucial to anyone competing in the game of life and can only increase one’s chances for personal success.”
Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008

“Your session was so very helpful– I am looking forward to applying all of this to my preparations and I think this is just what I needed to keep me on track during the week. I listened to the freedom flight and couldn’t hold back the tears at the end of the first disk- WOW! I am so glad you gave that to me – I think every pageant contestant needs to hear that, it really puts the power of mental management in perspective.” Devin Howell, Miss River City, Nebraska

Mental Toughness for Pageantry Seminar:

“As a current titleholder, I can honestly say that the key components of life and competition are self-image, positive self talk, marketing, communication skills and setting goals. Lanny and Heather have done such a great job developing and teaching techniques that will assist you in focusing on what is best for you. After working with them, not only do I feel so confident in who I am and excited about who I am becoming. Thank you for an incredible life changing experience!” Stephanie Murray Smith, Miss South Carolina USA 2009

Mental Management for Pageantry has provided me with practical information on staying mentally focused and confident during competition. I feel more confident than ever about entering Miss USA!” Kaity Bettina Rodriguez, Miss New Jersey USA 2009

“Mental Management gave me the tools to control my attitude and mentality under pressure, so I can perform to my fullest potential.” Kristen Dalton, Miss North Carolina USA 2009

“Lanny and Heather, thank you so much for giving me the tools to turn my greatest weakness into my greatest asset!” Jessica Nolin, Miss Alaska USA 2009

“My experience at Eagle U with Lanny Bassham and his Mental Management program completely changed the way I prepare for, and think, during competition. I recommend the Mental Management program to anyone who wants to succeed!” Anastagia Pierre, Miss FloridaUSA 2009

“I am a goal oriented person. The goal getting skills I’ve learned in the Mental Management program are priceless! I know with persistance in following their simple steps I can attain any and all of my goals.” Lacey Minchew, Miss Louisiana USA 2009

“Not only was this an amazing experience with amazing people, but I also learned great tips in the progress! I truly feel prepared and more confident.” Allison Kusenberger Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2009

“Mental Management taught me how to wear the crown even if I didn’t win.” “Mental Management was the best thing my parents have ever done for me by sending me.” Taylor Schettler “Miss Colorado Teen USA 2009

“This seminar is extremely helpful and opens your eyes to many useful skills. After completing the program I feel more confident in myself and my abilities.” Kelli Harral Miss Texas Teen USA 2009

“The Mental Toughness for Pageantry Program enlightened me with such insightful ideas and stratgies that will not only help me with pageantry but through my daily life as well. It is certainly effective and powerful – I would recommend it to anyone!” Scarlett Howell, Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2009

“Mental Management has given me the most amazing experience and information throughout the week. Lanny and Heather, I can’t thank you enough for being a big part in my journey to Miss Teen USA 2009.” Kasey Staniszewski, Miss Maryland Teen USA 2009

“This being my second time with Lanny and Heather I can honestly say it helps when in competition! I really think this program us a big reason for my success. It helps to stay focused in competition and truly believe you’re the best.” Brittany Guidry Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2009

“Mental Management has inspired me to “think outside the box” and to see different layers in everyone. The positive skills that I have learned here will be very beneficial to me in every aspect of my life! You Guys ROCK! Mary Helen Caver, Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2009

“Mental Management has been such an asset to my competition preparation. By using my personalized mental program, I will be able to go into my competition with a clear mind, do my best, and have the edge that I need to succeed.” Kathryn Dunn Miss Frisco 2009

“The Mental Management System has been a real eye opener for me. I feel more prepared and confident for my future endeavours. This has been a great experience for me and I have learned a great deal of information to aid in my future. Thanks Mental Management!” Kristen Girault, LA

“I feel so accomplised in the fact that I have overcome problems as far as my goals go and also in things that are new to me that make me feel accomplished although I haven’t even competed for my state title with this new information yet. I really and strongly recommend this program to all girls that are involved in pageants.”  Barbie

“To often we know what we want but not how to get it. Through the Mental Toughness for Pageantry program, I learned life altering behavior changes that I will follow for the rest of my life. I believe through this process not only have I matured but I have become a better person.”Zakia Mack, NJ

“Mental Management has definitely been a life changing experience for me. It has taught me so much! I now know how to balance my conscious mind, subconscious mind and self-image in any situation!” Amberly Messier, RI