Five tips for preparing a winning award submission
The NACFB Gala Dinner & Industry Awards are a great way to demonstrate how you as a lender Patron have stood out from the crowd over the last twelve months. To help you make a successful entry, here are some top tips to assist you in completing a compelling entry.
1. Leave enough time
Enter early – a last minute rush is likely to impact on the quality of your submission
The process invariably takes longer than expected, particularly if you need sign-offs
Allocate yourself more time than you think you will need
2. Communicate with clarity
Read the questions carefully, and ensure you target your answers to the question.
Keep focused and ensure all information is relevant
Be concise, clear and focused – with clean, easy-to-digest copy
Avoid jargon, inflated claims, unexplained acronyms and unedited copy-and-pasting
3. Don’t ignore the rules
Word count – The judges are on a deadline too so are keen to read concise copy
Keep within the upload sizes requested
Adhere to stipulated PDF and .doc upload formats
Submit by the closing date!
4. Assign somebody to the job
Designate someone in your company as the Awards coordinator – responsible for collating information, contacting referred clients, consulting colleagues, checking facts, chasing up, writing the initial draft and keeping an eye on timeline and deadline
5. Include supporting evidence
Make sure the supporting material backs up your claims in the main submission
The more quotes from satisfied brokers the better
Pertinent facts and figures can improve your award entry
Where necessary validate your claims to enable the judges to evaluate their impact
Using these guidance notes will not guarantee success, but it will give your entry the best possible chance of making compelling reading for the judging panel.