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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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    And The Award Goes To. . . And The Award Goes To. . . Presentation Transcript

    • And the award goes to. . . Making your nominations count! Presentation for the Howard County Association of Community Services HOT TOPICS December 1, 2008
    • 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
    • Strategy continued
      • Be objective
      • Be timely
      • Be strategic
      • Be flexible
    • 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?
    • 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?
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Thank you
      • Questions?
      • Contact info:
        • Mickey Gomez, Executive Director
        • Volunteer Center Serving Howard County
        • www.volunteerhoward.org
        • 410.715.3176
        • [email_address]