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Learn a few tips on writing great award applications or nominations!

Learn a few tips on writing great award applications or nominations!

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  • 1. And the award goes to. . . Making your nominations count! Presentation for the Howard County Association of Community Services HOT TOPICS December 1, 2008
  • 2. Strategy
    • Know the schedule of awards and when nominations are due
    • Select awards/recognition appropriate to the nominee
    • Read through the whole application before starting to write
    • Understand the requirements
      • Letters of support
      • Word/character limit
      • Format
  • 3. Strategy continued
    • Be objective
    • Be timely
    • Be strategic
    • Be flexible
  • 4. The Questions
    • Who?
      • Who would you like to nominate?
      • Is the award appropriate for the nominee?
    • Why?
      • Why did you think of nominating this person?
      • Why do they deserve this recognition?
  • 5. The Questions continued
    • What?
      • What makes them unique in their service?
      • What exactly have they done?
    • How?
      • Have they had a significant impact on the goals of the organization? How?
      • Discuss impact – how and why are the nominee’s achievements noteworthy?
  • 6. The Questions continued
    • When & Where?
      • When and where do they serve?
      • Duration of service is important, but don’t forget depth of service
      • Include other service as appropriate
  • 7. Writing Style
    • Plan your approach
      • Be strategic
      • Select appropriate writing style
      • Brief anecdotes, if possible, make nominee stand out
    • Be clear and concise
      • Keep it simple, direct and focused
      • Don’t stretch the truth
  • 8. Writing Style continued
    • Word Choice
      • Use carefully selected action verbs and descriptive words
      • Don’t be flowery
      • Be concise and direct
      • Don’t include EVERYTHING and make the judges decide what is important
  • 9. Choosing Your Words
    • Accomplished
    • Talented
    • Self reliant
    • Respectful
    • Resourceful
    • Creative
    • Consistent
    • Dependable
    • Conscientious
    • Logical
    • Objective
    • Perceptive
    • Diplomatic
    • Enthusiastic
    • Sense of humor
    • Tactful
    • Energetic
    • Fair
    • Optimistic
    • Sincere
    • Sophisticated
    • Efficient
    • Imaginative
    • Disciplined
    • Constructive
    • Practical
  • 10. Reminders
    • Plan your approach
    • Be clear and concise
    • Duration and depth of service are both important
    • Don’t assume that the judges know your nominee
    • Be professional
  • 11. Final Thoughts
    • If you get stuck, pretend you are speaking to someone and trying to convince them that your nominee deserves this recognition.
    • Have someone who does NOT know the nominee read your nomination and ask for their feedback.
  • 12. Thank you
    • Questions?
    • Contact info:
      • Mickey Gomez, Executive Director
      • Volunteer Center Serving Howard County
      • www.volunteerhoward.org
      • 410.715.3176
      • [email_address]