Hi, I’m Sam Varn, Zen Master of Recognition at Awards4U. When I started in the recognition business some 35 years ago, most Zen masters were perched high atop misty hillsides awaiting questions from would-be students. But I’ve wised up. My knowledge can no longer remain a closely-guarded secret. Because proper recognition is public recognition, and public recognition is recognition done right! With that in mind I’ve decided to release my industry know-how to you, the recognition public. You see, I’ve learned a thing or 4 about the right way to show appreciation to the people who are most important to you. I want to help you achieve enlightenment on your path to expressing gratitude and marking significant milestones in the lives of deserving souls. So, I’ve created a new series called “The 4s”. Here, you will find the knowledge you seek. Now go forth, and may “The 4s” be with U... I wish I had blooper reels of some of the awards ceremonies I’ve attended. This one goes out to all the audience members—a little advice 4 making their day. These tips can dramatically improve the quality of your program, which makes YOU look good, too!
The 4s Tips 4 the Proper Presentation of Awards
- Purpose. Recognition must be earned or deserved. The reason for giving the award should be made clear. Shine the spotlight in the right direction. Consider the audience as well as the recipients. The awards ceremonies should be different for professional colleagues, parents and children, students and teachers, and sports teams.
- Display. Sounds crazy, I know, but I’ve been to ceremonies where awards were handed out still in their shipping boxes. Please, remove awards from their packaging. Polish and arrange them attractively for all to see. Who knows? Seeing a table full of trophies or medals might inspire future winners!
- Drama. Build suspense and excitement. If the recipient’s names are unknown, create drama by introducing all the nominees. Drum roll, please!
- Timing. Don’t rush your presentation. Don’t read a list of names without allowing time in between for applause. Say something gracious about all the contenders. On the other hand, don’t go on and on. Allow time for recipients and winners to come up and accept their awards. Let winners express their gratitude.
4gone Conclusion: Receiving an award is a special moment in someone’s life. Make it as memorable as possible!