Craft a standout business awards entry with practical tips from our guests who have won, judged or supported a range of business awards programs in Australia. Sponsored by TAFE NSW, our show has been created for the Shoalhaven Business Awards, but we deliver content that can be applied to anyone entering a business awards program. The show is hosted by Chance Hanlon, who has owned and operated several businesses, won countless awards, and who is an experienced MC, voiceover artist and radio host. It is co-hosted by Miranda Packer, who is the Awards Manager for the Shoalhaven Business Awards.
Episode 10 - a compilation of our guests' top tips for creating a standout submission
This is a special not-to-be-missed episode! We had a special request to combine all our top tips from each of our nine guests into one final, killer episode. And we think this is a great idea to help you in the final week of submissions, allowing you the opportunity to review your entry against all of our guests' top tips. Along with our producer Bec, Chance and I have loved doing the show and we can't think of a better way to wrap up 9 brilliant episodes. A huge thanks to Bec for slicing and dicing all our interviews to produce episode 10, taking you another step closer to crafting a standout and memorable Awards entry.
Preparing for interview: how to completely captivate the judges
Your interview is your opportunity to really bring your submission to life. Would you rather read a movie script, or watch the movie? You'd rather watch the movie because you get a much stronger connection to the story when all of your senses are engaged. In your interview, you can use facial expressions, body language, eye contact and tone to add layers to your story. You get to show the judges your physical place of business and demonstrate how you connect with staff, customers and suppliers. Your customers make assumptions about your business based on how you project it visually, so too will the judges. Think about the impression your place of business will have on the them; will what they see and experience complement and enhance your application? Warwick Shanks has been the chair of the Illawarra Business Awards for 13 years, and he joins us to provide years of insight into what a great interview looks like.
Your brand voice is uniquely yours; use it to stand out and be memorable
How you speak and how you write tells the world what sort of brand you are. If you are a young, fun brand, you should write and speak that way. If you are serious and you target professionals, then your communication style should reflect that. However, fun and young should not translate to poor language or grammar. Any piece of professional writing, whether an awards entry, a blog post or social media activity, should always respect the rules of grammar. And always think about your audience. If you're writing a blog post for an industry specific audience, some jargon is ok. When you're writing an awards submission, you don't know that your judge knows your industry lingo. So be sure to speak in simple terms that anyone can understand. Your parents weren't kidding when they told you to mind your language. Nor were your teachers. Language matters. The best entries are written in the first person and they use simple, jargon-free language and they have short, succinct sentences.
Why you need to attend the workshop / Interview with Robbie Collins, Head of UOW Shoalhaven
So far in our podcast series, you've learned about the importance of giving yourself plenty of time, providing evidence, involving lots of people, and the power of storytelling. Most likely, you've even started applying what you've learned so far. But wouldn't you love the opportunity to get some validation as to whether the work you've done so far really is what the judges are looking for? Attend our workshop and you can. Ask specific questions of past judges, as well as our chair of judges, and ensure you give yourself every possible chance of winning. We talk with Robbie Collins, head of UOW Shoalhaven and discover why entrants need to attend the workshop.
Be a zebra among horses: how to stand out from the crowd / Interview with Marie Persson, Telstra Business Awards judge
Marie Persson is a former Telstra Businesswoman of the year and long time judge of the Telstra Business Awards. She has read countless submissions and joins our show to tell us exactly what she looks for in a winning entry. Structure, consistency, staying on topic, and clearly addressing the questions are all essential attributes of a great entry. But what else are Awards judges looking for? What sets one entry apart from all the others? What exactly do you need to include in your submission to ensure your entry stands out from the crowd? Listen to our interview with Marie and find out!
The Power of Storytelling: How You Should Build Your Story Into Your Entry/Interview with Lisa Burling, LBPR
Lisa Burling is an all round storytelling and media guru. From journalism and PR, to entrepreneurship and owning an award winning agency, she is a living, breathing example of the power behind a successful story and what it can achieve. Lisa shares with Chance and Miranda how an incredibly difficult time in her life acted as a catalyst for her to take the plunge and begin her own business. She hasn't looked back since. Lisa uses her personal story of triumph to connect and resonate with her clients, and she provides clear tips to entrants on how to use story to create a killer awards entry.