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And The Award Goes To. . .

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

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And The Award Goes To. . .

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

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