Awards like art is often regarded as subjective rather than objective and can be met with some scepticism. However, if the judging is based upon published criteria for entering, then this helps to remove the perceived subjectivity or blurring of guidelines, and creates a more inviting and level playing field.
Putting yourself or your business forward for an award can deliver a host of benefits and values far beyond the trophy and accompanying award ceremony.
For any business or individual, entering awards requires time and energy, but the investment can return dividends, both for the individual and the company. One of the key benefits is a boost in moral for the winner and their team, which can lead to an increase in productivity, Secondly staff winning awards can improve perception of a company externally and within the local community.
(Pam Gosal receiving her Women Leader’s award in 2015)
For existing customers, there’s some reassurance that they have made the right decision in working with an organisation that has been recognised with an award. And for prospective customers, an award can help persuade a potential buyer to work with you for being publicly acknowledged as achieving in your field, or supporting your employees with their personal development.
Furthermore, the networking opportunities around award ceremonies, permits nominees to build contacts, share knowledge and experience with other award participants and generate goodwill for the company.
The Women Leaders MK 2016 event empowers women to excel personally and professionally, but the process which starts with completing a nomination form requires some thought, because a poor entry may not receive a second glance if the most basic of information has been omitted. Reading the guidelines or judging criteria, and even using these as headings for submitting an entry, will ensure your entry is given the attention it deserves.
Nominations for a Women Leader’s award closes 30 June and entry forms can be completed on line. There are 13 categories and entrants can submit more than one entry. The entry criteria is based on a 300-500 word submission, supported by references or testimonials, and winners will receive a stunning trophy at a gala dinner and awards ceremony on 21 October 2016, at the Hilton Doubletree in Milton Keynes.