Posted by ajamison 2 years, 6 months ago


Ever submitted an award nomination for a client and then were shocked to learn they didn’t win? When it comes to suggesting a professional or company for an award, there are certain things nominators should keep in mind to ensure their submission shines. 

The Phoenix Business Journal recently announced their 40-Under-40 winners and their judging panel shared some insight on what they look for and how a nomination may stand out from the rest. Here are the top seven tips to keep in mind the next time you’re writing an award entry.

1. Sharing a story vs. writing a bio is very helpful. Let your PASSIONS shine through in your application. Tell stories that invite the judges to get to know you.

2. Specifically describe what sets you apart from others in your industry. It's a highly competitive award. You need to stand out from the crowd.

3. Exceptionalism -- I looked for applicants that excelled, rather than just participated.

4. Community involvement -- I need more than a list of places or nonprofits you volunteered at.  Tell me specific events you’ve chaired, dollar amounts you’ve raised or people’s lives you’ve changed.  Need involvement outside of your skill set or industry.  i.e… volunteering in your own organization or sitting on an industry group or board that adds no social or community benefit.

5. Longevity in a position -- not impressed by someone who has been at a job for 1-2 years.  I like 5+ years because it shows stability and commitment. 

6. Originality -- Saying that a rock star leader is good at communicating doesn't give me insight into the person.

7. I look for people who have built something and taken something to scale (a company, business, division or program), have the respect of their team and are meaningfully engaged in the community.  I also look for real community engagement, folks who created something, taken on a challenging role to benefit AZ and served in significant leadership in their community involvement.



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