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Published on February 13, 2009

Author: VolunteerHoward

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

And the award goes to. . . Making your nominations count! Presentation for the Howard County Association of Community Services HOT TOPICS December 1, 2008

Strategy Know the schedule of awards and when nominations are due Select awards/recognition appropriate to the nominee Read through the whole application before starting to write Understand the requirements Letters of support Word/character limit Format

Know the schedule of awards and when nominations are due

Select awards/recognition appropriate to the nominee

Read through the whole application before starting to write

Understand the requirements

Letters of support

Word/character limit

Format

Strategy continued Be objective Be timely Be strategic Be flexible

Be objective

Be timely

Be strategic

Be flexible

The Questions Who? Who would you like to nominate? Is the award appropriate for the nominee? Why? Why did you think of nominating this person? Why do they deserve this recognition?

Who?

Who would you like to nominate?

Is the award appropriate for the nominee?

Why?

Why did you think of nominating this person?

Why do they deserve this recognition?

The Questions continued What? What makes them unique in their service? What exactly have they done? How? Have they had a significant impact on the goals of the organization? How? Discuss impact – how and why are the nominee’s achievements noteworthy?

What?

What makes them unique in their service?

What exactly have they done?

How?

Have they had a significant impact on the goals of the organization? How?

Discuss impact – how and why are the nominee’s achievements noteworthy?

The Questions continued When & Where? When and where do they serve? Duration of service is important, but don’t forget depth of service Include other service as appropriate

When & Where?

When and where do they serve?

Duration of service is important, but don’t forget depth of service

Include other service as appropriate

Writing Style Plan your approach Be strategic Select appropriate writing style Brief anecdotes, if possible, make nominee stand out Be clear and concise Keep it simple, direct and focused Don’t stretch the truth

Plan your approach

Be strategic

Select appropriate writing style

Brief anecdotes, if possible, make nominee stand out

Be clear and concise

Keep it simple, direct and focused

Don’t stretch the truth

Writing Style continued Word Choice Use carefully selected action verbs and descriptive words Don’t be flowery Be concise and direct Don’t include EVERYTHING and make the judges decide what is important

Word Choice

Use carefully selected action verbs and descriptive words

Don’t be flowery

Be concise and direct

Don’t include EVERYTHING and make the judges decide what is important

Choosing Your Words Accomplished Talented Self reliant Respectful Resourceful Creative Consistent Dependable Conscientious Logical Objective Perceptive Diplomatic Enthusiastic Sense of humor Tactful Energetic Fair Optimistic Sincere Sophisticated Efficient Imaginative Disciplined Constructive Practical

Accomplished

Talented

Self reliant

Respectful

Resourceful

Creative

Consistent

Dependable

Conscientious

Logical

Objective

Perceptive

Diplomatic

Enthusiastic

Sense of humor

Tactful

Energetic

Fair

Optimistic

Sincere

Sophisticated

Efficient

Imaginative

Disciplined

Constructive

Practical

Reminders Plan your approach Be clear and concise Duration and depth of service are both important Don’t assume that the judges know your nominee Be professional

Plan your approach

Be clear and concise

Duration and depth of service are both important

Don’t assume that the judges know your nominee

Be professional

Final Thoughts If you get stuck, pretend you are speaking to someone and trying to convince them that your nominee deserves this recognition. Have someone who does NOT know the nominee read your nomination and ask for their feedback.

If you get stuck, pretend you are speaking to someone and trying to convince them that your nominee deserves this recognition.

Have someone who does NOT know the nominee read your nomination and ask for their feedback.

Thank you Questions? Contact info: Mickey Gomez, Executive Director Volunteer Center Serving Howard County www.volunteerhoward.org 410.715.3176 [email_address]

Questions?

Contact info:

Mickey Gomez, Executive Director

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County

www.volunteerhoward.org

410.715.3176

[email_address]

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