If you are program
Members of a team who worked together
People who reached new sales “highs”
People who helped make an event successful
Those who made quota
When you are delivering an award, make sure you clearly state what the accomplishment was. Dramatize it. Make it sound important. Be enthusiastic. Be happy. Be upbeat. Be impressed.
The best way to sidestep this common error is to practice pronouncing the names. The best time to botch a name is in private. There are no penalty points for that, but if you do it out loud to the audience, that’s the one thing they will remember—and they will think you’re a jerk. That’s not fair, but that’s the way it is. As Dale Carnegie once said, “Remember, a man’s name is, to him, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”
Don’t ever lose sight of the fact that these people are being singled out for recognition. It’s a marvelous moment, each time—for them. If you are bored with it, or it comes off as dull or perfunctory, you have failed. You lose personal stature with all those present. So, keep your
Ideally there should be but one of these, just as there is only one Congressional Medal of
In many companies, the top award gets its name from some event in the company’s history. Let me give you an example. At Communispond, the top honor you can receive is the Jack Sloan Broken Pick Award.
Jack Sloan was a great old-timer who joined Communispond as a
And so was born the Broken Pick Award. It goes to the person who best
When presenting a coveted top award, do so with much excitement and joy. Show that you are thrilled to be a part of this great moment and to be sharing it with everyone in the room. Follow these five simple steps:
Tell the story and the philosophy of the award.
Lay out the success record and accomplishments of the recipient.
Explain how the accomplishments
Hold the name until last even though they know who it is.
Say the name with gusto.