Show Me How To Give an Effective Award Presentation

Awards are wonderful things. 

They are the most valuable possessions in the world to the people who receive them. 

Awards straddle between recognition and rewards in that they recognize an individual or team and may include a trophy and a reward. For what we will discuss here, they also provide a means to publicly honor the best of the best either through earned merit, length of service, or through an adjudication of a nomination.  

People will dress up for award events. They may even take the day off to prepare. People look forward to awarding ceremonies for weeks ahead.

You should know by now that award presentations are a big deal and so you had better get them right. Here’s how to prepare to give an effective award presentation. 

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How To Get More People Using Your Recognition Programs More Often

Like any tool, recognition programs are only as good as the people that use them. 

And therein lies the problem. It isn’t the programs per se, it’s the people. That’s why it is essential that you create a people strategy to use your programs better, besides having a recognition program strategy. 

Look at the following areas of direction you may need to take.

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5 Ways To Get Your Leader’s Support For Your Recognition Strategy

One issue impeding recognition managers from initiating a recognition strategy is having the full support of their senior leadership.

Before undertaking the creation of a written recognition strategy and plan, you must operate with the full blessing of the leader you report to. Your leader knows all that is going on in the organization. They can tell you some of the direction happening. They will know what to beware of, or at least to be mindful of.

So, let me give you five ways to get your leader’s support for your recognition strategy.

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Does Having a Written Recognition Strategy Really Make Any Difference?

Apparently, some people question the need for a written recognition strategy. These are some things individuals responsible for recognition ask.

  • What benefit does an organization have with a recognition strategy over other organizations that don’t have one?
  • How does a recognition strategy really help me?
  • Does having a recognition strategy make any difference? 

Sure, you can live without having a recognition strategy. But I will always strongly endorse the need for having one. Following are my reasons why.

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Why It’s A Problem When You Say, “Oh, it was nothing.”

What if you have already learned how to give amazing recognition? You are a great observer of catching people doing things right. When you find someone and their actions merit recognition, you seem to express recognition just the right way.

And then, somehow, it all falls flat when the recipient of your recognition says something like, “Oh, it was nothing!”

Negating positive words of recognition from people is a problem. This is something you should stop. Follow these ideas to help limit this negativity. 

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Principles of Learning That Will Help People Retain Recognition Skills

Giving meaningful recognition is all about learning the science behind recognition and mastering the art of practicing this important soft skill. 

A soft skill includes all the attributes and personality traits that help employees positively interact with others and achieve success at work. Recognition is just one of those soft skills to develop. 

What learning principles will help enhance retention of the skills needed to give effective recognition to employees? Let’s take a look at some of them.

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Express Recognition Every Time You Give a Tangible Gift or Award

Sometimes, you and I can fail miserably when we give gifts or awards to people.  

You can have all the best intentions. You checked off everything on your planning checklists and you completed the event tasks. But still the gift or award just sits there. Flat. Meaningless. Non-communicative. 

Just like the service award gift that one recipient had dutifully selected from the online catalogue. Then, only to find it one day still in the original mailing package, plopped in the middle of their work desk. Not a word spoken. Deathly silence. 

Not exactly a meaningful anniversary.

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What To Do When Leaders Want to Cut Your Recognition Budget

Maybe you’ve already gone through a budget cut. If not, it might still happen. And then again, if you’re lucky, hopefully you’ll never have to experience one. 

Recognition programs, like education and training, and other areas perceived as “soft” things, are easy targets to cut.

How can you handle these budget cutting situations when they happen? What helpful advice can help you? 

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Your One-Year Goal Will Guide Everything You Do With Recognition

There are various stages you pass through when using our recognition strategy approach. First, is crafting of a fitting recognition purpose and philosophy statement that is just right for your organization. 

Then comes the identifying of the areas you have to focus on following a recognition assessment. All organizations have strengths and weaknesses. Know where to need to focus your energies to improve recognition practices and programs really helps. 

But before you identify those focus points, there is one important thing you have to do. You need to declare what your overall guiding objective is to improve the quality of recognition for the year ahead. 

Having articulated what this goal is will help your organizational leaders know what you should all be shooting for. And it helps you personally with an additional criterion point to use in making decisions. 

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Don’t Forget to Repeat the Recognition One More Time

This is such an important recognition practice to get a handle on.

Neglect doing it at your own risk. Otherwise, you’ll lose out on your recognition of ever being memorable, meaningful, and motivational. 

What am I talking about? It’s my recommendation that you repeat your recognition one more time whenever necessary. I’ll explain the first time I heard of the problem.

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