You ever notice that you have to be really drunk to get low scores in appearance? Happened to me once

I think as competition cooks we should look at these two judging categories differently.
All things being equal = meat, recipe, heat. no two cooks/end products will ever be the same so don't be afraid to share your knowledge. That being said...
Show tenderness to all the new competitors for you where once in thier shoes and sharing only makes you revisit what youre doing.
Appearance - Don't put up a front. If you don't enjoy being at the competition, do yourself & others a favor " DON"t be there" It's suppose to be fun. If you're not having fun, people around you aren't having fun and your wasting your time and thiers. Come back next year when you really want to be there.

My .02