How to Create an Award-Winning Presentation

How to Create an Award-Winning Presentation

How to Create an Award-Winning Presentation

Business Awards

By Donna O’Toole

How to Create an Award-Winning Presentation

 

Congratulations, you’ve been shortlisted as a finalist!

Next you have to present to a panel of judges and show them why you should win. No pressure. 

Your presentation could be the difference between whether you win or lose, so it’s important to get it right.

We know how to create an award-winning presentation. 88% of our clients win the awards we create a presentation for. 

Plus August CEO Donna O’Toole often chairs judging panels, she’s even won an award for it

So here are our top six tips on how to create an award-winning presentation.

It’s all in the planning


‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’

Before you start, find out as much information as possible; 

  • What is the judging criteria
  • How long should your presentation be
  • Is there a Q&A section
  • What equipment is provided
  • How many presenters are allowed

Now that you know everything about the process, you can begin to create your presentation!

Presentation Tools

 

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all presentation tool. You need to choose what you are comfortable with.

If you’re an experienced speaker you could stand in front of the judges and deliver your presentation. Or you might bring your team. Whatever works best for you, and the category.

Video always works well in a presentation. But it needs to fit the criteria and score points.

Every minute you are presenting is valuable. So do not add video as an excuse to fill time, the judges will work you out.

And always have a plan B.

Bring handouts when you are using a PowerPoint and don’t panic if your video doesn’t play. Saving your presentation to a memory stick as well as a laptop is always a good idea too.

Death by PowerPoint

 

We’ve all had to sit through a PowerPoint presentation that goes on and on and on…

‘Death by PowerPoint’ is an easy mistake to make.

Judges can’t listen to you, read a slide and score you all at the same time (they’re only human after all). Your presentation is a visual aid and should enhance what you are saying.

Make it on brand, simple, clear and concise.

Listen to David JP Phillips TED talk on how to avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’ and get some handy tips.

Your Presentation A-Team

 

Your presentation team will represent your business, so you need to pick the right people.

Consider the category, who is available on the day, who knows the project or business best and who is confident in speaking and answering questions.

For example, if you’re shortlisted for Team of the Year make sure the vital team members are present. Or if you’re shortlisted for Company of the Year for your industry you will need to have people who know the business well.

The judges can ask very specific questions and you should have the best people in the room to answer them and score extra points.

And remember everyone in the team needs to have something to say and bring value to the presentation.

You won’t get away with bringing someone to stand there and look pretty. Or give the talkative, confident team member all the lines – the judges will see through it!

Create your Winning Content

 

So you know the judging criteria, how you’re going to create your presentation, and your team. Time for the content!

Start with an introduction outlining your story and the conclusion it will lead to. Highlight the important points, objectives, actions and results.

Remember the judges have already read your written entry so don’t worry about spoilers!

Use the criteria to structure the content and address each point fully. Videos and images will make an emotional connection with the judges. Graphs and tables will provide evidence and show off your results.

To conclude your presentation tell the judges your biggest results and achievements again. And end with a passionate, rewarding and positive conclusion.

“Tell them what you are going to tell them. Tell them. Then tell them what you told them.” – Aristotle.

Present with Confidence

 

Our tips for building presentation confidence are based on the four Ts;

  • TED
  • Team
  • Transport
  • Technology

Watch TED talks for advice on how to present confidently. TED speakers are infamous for giving powerful, emotive speeches and captivating their audiences. Where better to get some presenting tips from than watching the pros?

Practice, practice, practice.

Learn your lines, choose your order and rehearse.

Recording your team rehearsals is a great way to find sticking points and where you need to improve. Now’s your chance to fix these issues before the big day.

Don’t leave the transport and logistics of the judging day to the last minute. To be confident on the day you need to be calm and relaxed. So don’t allow a delayed train to get you in a flap!

Arrive with plenty of time to spare and you will be able to keep yourself calm and collected.

When you are using tech, make sure you have everything you need (leads, cables, speakers etc.) and that you are confident using it.

If you are ever in doubt about what you need always contact the awards organiser. They want to make your experience as smooth as possible.

Need a hand?

 

You’ve done so well to get to the finals, your presentation is the final hurdle to getting your hands on the trophy!

Use our tips to create your own award-winning presentation, or get in touch!

We will create your presentation for you and coach your team through it. Giving you the best chance of winning, saving you time, and putting your team at ease.

Get in touch if you are a finalist and would like some help with your finalist presentation.

 

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How to Write a Winning Award Entry

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How to Write a Winning Award Entry

Business Awards

By Donna O’Toole

How to Write a Winning Award Entry

 

You’ve been tasked with entering an award, but you don’t know how best to tackle writing the entry. We hear you.

Writing an award entry can be difficult. It takes time, you may need sign-off from different departments and you have a strict deadline to meet.

Lucky for you we have lots of experience writing and judging entries.

We know a good entry when we see one. August CEO Donna O’Toole has even won an award for her major contribution to judging!

And we know how to write a winning entry. Just ask our clients.

Here are our 5 top tips to help you write a winning award entry.

1. Choose your award-winning project

Ask yourself; are you entering the business as a whole? Or a project? Or a collaboration?

Make your decision based on your business goals, where the best results are, and what has the best story.

You need to know the answer before you even think about writing the entry.

2. Create a winning awards strategy

So you’ve chosen what you want to win an award for. Now you need to enter the right awards.

You could ask us to create a bespoke awards strategy for you. Or a quick google will give you a good starting point. Search for your industry awards and look for the category you fit in.

Next, look to your competitors. Which awards have they been winning or shortlisted for? This is another great way to choose the awards you enter.

Having an awards strategy will make sure you are competing in the right awards and the entry process will be much easier for you.

3. Follow the criteria to the letter

It’s time to write your winning award entry.

Make the judges’ job as easy as possible and follow the criteria. Answer each question clearly and concisely. 

If you have not answered the question, you will not score points. No matter how beautifully written your entry may be.

Stick to the criteria and your entry will be well-structured, easy to follow and you will score plenty of points.

But don’t forget, judges are just people. Connect with them emotionally through your story and your entry will be memorable.

4. Make your claim… then back it up

If you tell the judges that your employees are the happiest they’ve ever been, prove it!

Evidence your claims using: 

  • Numbers/Percentages
  • Reports
  • Graphs
  • Images
  • Survey scores
  • Testimonials
  • Videos

Award entry formats do vary across award programmes but you will always be able to provide evidence in some way. There’s no excuse to leave it out! 

However, be aware. Supporting documents are not always looked at. So include all the vital information in the entry itself.

5. Proofread your way to perfection

Now that you’ve worked through the criteria, and included your evidence, you finally have your award entry written. But this is by no means the version you submit. 

Let your award entry (and yourself) rest before picking it up to proofread. You will be able to pick up on mistakes much easier with a clear head and a bit of distance.

Once you’ve proofread your entry, pass it to a colleague, friend or family member to check. 

When you’ve worked on a piece of writing for so long you can no longer be objective about its impact because you know what you mean, but the judges might not!

It’s time to start winning awards

Entering awards requires time and effort but they are worth it, we promise

Use our tips to give yourself the best possible chance of winning, or get in touch

We will craft your bespoke awards strategy, or write your winning entries for you. Saving you valuable time, money and energy.

Please contact us today to book your free consultation and we will help you with your award-winning journey.

 

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Chamber Business Awards Recognising Excellence Across the UK

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Enter the British Chamber Business Awards

Do you want to attract more customers?

Would you like to reward your employees?

Are you looking to be recognised as one of the best businesses in your region AND in the UK?

The British Chamber Awards are one of the most contested and prestigious business awards programme in the country. They celebrate excellence across all regions, all sectors and all organisation sizes.

Benefits for Winners

Not only does the Business of the Year Winner get to open the London Stock Exchange (think of the PR opportunities!) they also get to work with RADA in Business, joining a one day communication skills and impact course.

So if you’re looking to grow your business and stand out from your competitors, it’s time to enter a well-established, coveted business award to prove you are the best of the best.

The 2018 Chamber Business Awards categories open for entry:

Small Business of the Year
Export Business of the Year
Best Use of Technology
High Growth Business of the Year
Employer of the Year
Education and Business Partnership
Customer Commitment Award
Workplace Wellbeing Award
Digital Communication Campaign of the Year
Key Dates for 2018:

Awards open – 1st March 2018
Entry Deadline – Midnight 29th June 2018
Regional Winners Announced – 24th September 2018
National Winners Announced at Chamber Business Awards Gala – 29th November 2018 at Tobacco Dock, London

If you would like to put forward an award-winning story that brings all of your achievements to life, Donna will personally advise you on the best category to enter and increase your chances of success.

CONTACT US TODAY for your free telephone consultation.

 

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