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How to Submit an Award-Winning Nomination - Top Tips!

01 November 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Spackman
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Winning an award is a great way to be recognised for the hard work, talents and successes of your people. Below are a few things you should take into consideration when submitting your nomination, to ensure you are maximising your chances to win in your chosen categories:

1. Choose your categories carefully
Your project might seem like a good fit for more than one category. Check the nomination forms to see which category makes your project shine the most, based on the purpose, objectives and results. 

If you are nominating a complex project, where significant effort was made in various areas - for instance, in developing a successful programme for a conference which was then promoted via a marketing campaign - you might consider nominating in two categories, focusing on the appropriate area of each nomination. The objectives, activities and achievements in both nominations need to be clearly emphasised.

2. Read the eligibility criteria & the instructions
When you know you are eligible for an award, it can sometimes feel counter-productive to read the eligibility criteria and / or any instructions. And yet, these bite-size pieces of information can give you very clear ideas about what to focus on in your nomination, and therefore what the judges will be looking for when determining who the winner will be. 

3. No time? Submit anyway!
Winning an award will have a positive impact on your organisation and all its stakeholders. The benefit of being short on time is that you’ll be forced to stick to the point, to highlight achievements and to keep your nomination short and simple, which is exactly what the judges want! Oh and… you can always use bullet points! 

4. Give the judges what they want
The judges are people who are just as busy as you are, therefore they will appreciate nominations where it is easy to match the requirements the winning nomination needs to meet, with the points you are making in your submission. Keep it short and simple and highlight any key phrases or information.

5. Back your words up
Tell us what you achieved, and also tell us how you achieved it; include examples, testimonials and statistics.

6. Write about the outstanding things
You want your nomination to stand out. Focus on the things that make your project different / a success, while insuring all the information in your submission is relevant.

7. Have someone read over your nominations
When submitting a nomination about a project you’ve been involved in, or a person you care about, you can become subjective in your narrative and focus on the story, more than on the facts. 

The judges are looking for facts and backed up data and statements. To make sure you stick to the point, have someone read over the nomination before submitting it and consider making changes if they suggest any.  

Good luck! And see you in London on 18 December (hopefully as a shortlisted nominee!).  

Go here to view the categories and download the nomination forms.

Deadline for entries is 19 November. 


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