Prepare in advance.
As you prepare to make a formal award presentation, make some notes of exactly what is being recognized and be prepared to talk about the employee’s specific contributions that have affected the company.
Remember, an award presentation is a time for
Of course, be careful not to promise continuing employment, not to tell off-
Invite others to
attend, and participate.
Next, to enhance the formal award
Invite the recipient to speak.
During the formal award presentation, allow the recipient to make a few comments. Not everyone will want this opportunity, but every recipient should be asked. This gives the employee a chance to thank others who have helped along the way, to thank those who participated in the recognition experience, and to provide direction to others in attendance who wish to achieve similar results.
Close with thanks.
As you conclude the award presentation, offer a sincere thank-you to the employee and a warm handshake.
In all, a great award presentation need not take more than ten or fifteen minutes. But few events are as memorable for
As one CEO confided to us, “Unlike the speeches I give where employees look at me with vacant expressions, no one tunes out in an award presentation.” He said speaking at award presentations was the best way for him to
Give them the star treatment.
Give an employee with heavenly results a fitting reward:
To enhance the presentation, consider awarding it at an evening event and attach the registry certificate to a
“There is a fountain of youth: It is your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source you will truly have defeated age.”
—Sophia Loren, actress
You’ve seen it on some of your coworkers’ faces. It’s the look of
They have gotten old before their time. They have given up.
Lucky for you, you’ve
So go ahead and quench their thirst for recognition. Drink deeply of life— and you’ll never grow old.
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