Awards are an excellent way to position a client, business associate or oneself for recognition and FREE publicity. The publicity received is often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The following tips will give you an overview of writing a nomination that will stand out and shout, “Pick me.”
1. Preparation: Knowing the RIGHT steps to take, people to nominate and what awards to nominate your nominee for saves time, frustration and losing submission.
3. Nominee’s Permission: It is essential to ask the intended honoree’s permission to nominate him or her for an award. Explain the award and let the nominee know up front if financial data is required. Some nominees are uncomfortable with disclosing financial information and will elect not to continue.
5. Writing: Give yourself plenty of time to write. Figure at least 10 hours for each nomination. This covers research, interviewing, verifying material and writing. List each criteria and answer that only. Use short and brief sentences with strong follow-up points. Long sentences and narratives are boring. The committee soon gets tired of reading and will start to skim over material.
7. Submission: Make sure All information requested is enclosed. Do not guess on postage if mailing. Get proof of mailing or delivery verification of nomination. Make sure you have the name of the person who received it.
About the Author and Guest:
JoAnn is a celebrated business author of two well received business books: "Steps to Owning Your Own Successful Business©", and the "David vs Goliath Marketing Handbook©." Her current project is "52 Dangerous Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make©." JoAnn has been a featured business columnist for the Pittsburgh Business Times writing on Business Finance and for PPLMag.com. In 2008, JoAnn started the Empress of Biz Talkcast Show, “Listen, Learn, Prosper! The goal of the show is to provide inspiration, guidance and practical advice to business owners.
She is co-founder of The Women of Achievement Awards Dinner which has recognized over 250 prominent women in Pittsburgh while raising funds for Cribs for Kids®and other not for profit organizations. JoAnn is also co-founder of the Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement and was elected President in June of 2012.The goal of the PA Women’s Hall of Achievement is to honor and highlight the accomplishments and achievements of the women of Pennsylvania.
In recognition of her contributions and championing of small and woman owned businesses, JoAnn has been recognized twice by the U. S. Small Business Administration as the Pennsylvania Women Business Champion (1989 and 2000). In addition she has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Best 50 Women in Business, an Honoree in the Pennsylvania Honor Role of Women, awarded the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners Founder’s Award, and recognized by the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2010, she was honored by the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA in their Tribute to Women Awards in the entrepreneur category.
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