21 episodes

Join leading awards expert Donna O’Toole as she reveals everything you need to know about winning awards.
In honest and open interviews with award winners, judges, and the organisers behind the world's most loved awards, Donna reveals how to raise your profile with real-life awards stories, the latest awards trends, the do’s and don’ts of entering awards, what makes a winner, and more! Discover how the awards industry has reacted to the challenges of 2020, and find out what to expect as we head into a new era of awards and recognition so that you have the best chance of becoming a winner.
Donna O’Toole is the Founder of August. She has helped hundreds of businesses, brands, entrepreneurs, and leaders across the world to raise their profile by winning awards and achieving outstanding recognition for their achievements. Named one of the world’s top 25 Customer Experience Influencers, and recognised for her outstanding contribution to national and international awards judging, Donna is known for her unrivalled success rate in the most prestigious industry awards in the world, including The Queen's Awards for Enterprise, The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, UK and International Customer Experience Awards, Amazon ScaleUp Awards to name a few. Donna has also created the world's only Awards Accelerator programme, where you will discover EXACTLY how to win and supercharge your business through awards.
Donna's work has resulted in some of the most accomplished entrepreneurs, business leaders, VIPs, and charity champions receiving personal recognition (MBE to knighthood) from Her Majesty The Queen via the honours system, as well as major industry leadership awards.
If you want to become the Key Person of Influence or leading brand in your sector it's time to stop waiting and start winning!

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Join leading awards expert Donna O’Toole as she reveals everything you need to know about winning awards.
In honest and open interviews with award winners, judges, and the organisers behind the world's most loved awards, Donna reveals how to raise your profile with real-life awards stories, the latest awards trends, the do’s and don’ts of entering awards, what makes a winner, and more! Discover how the awards industry has reacted to the challenges of 2020, and find out what to expect as we head into a new era of awards and recognition so that you have the best chance of becoming a winner.
Donna O’Toole is the Founder of August. She has helped hundreds of businesses, brands, entrepreneurs, and leaders across the world to raise their profile by winning awards and achieving outstanding recognition for their achievements. Named one of the world’s top 25 Customer Experience Influencers, and recognised for her outstanding contribution to national and international awards judging, Donna is known for her unrivalled success rate in the most prestigious industry awards in the world, including The Queen's Awards for Enterprise, The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, UK and International Customer Experience Awards, Amazon ScaleUp Awards to name a few. Donna has also created the world's only Awards Accelerator programme, where you will discover EXACTLY how to win and supercharge your business through awards.
Donna's work has resulted in some of the most accomplished entrepreneurs, business leaders, VIPs, and charity champions receiving personal recognition (MBE to knighthood) from Her Majesty The Queen via the honours system, as well as major industry leadership awards.
If you want to become the Key Person of Influence or leading brand in your sector it's time to stop waiting and start winning!

    EPISODE 21: Recognising exceptional female entrepreneurs from across the world in The Best Business Women Awards, with Debbie Gilbert.

    EPISODE 21: Recognising exceptional female entrepreneurs from across the world in The Best Business Women Awards, with Debbie Gilbert.

    In this episode, Donna talks with Debbie Gilbert - a multi-award-winning Entrepreneur and owner of Viva Business Support, a marketing and events agency. She is also the founder of Mums UnLtd, a networking company aimed at mums in business which provides support for mums in business. Her book ‘The Successful Mumpreneur’ has been a global success, which shares her knowledge on growing a business around a family.

    Over the past 20 years, Debbie has built a reputation for being an excellent supporter of small businesses and start-ups. Growing a solid network has been her priority, which has been integral to her business success.

    Debbie founded The Best Business Women Awards in 2015 and she reveals more about this annual event, which recognises and rewards outstanding female entrepreneurs from across the globe. Her motto is ‘When you reach the top of your mountain – throw down a rope and help someone else up’.


    Donna O'Toole is the Founder of August, and she has had the pleasure of supporting entrepreneurs, business leaders and teams to win the most prestigious awards in the world. She has seen, first-hand, how receiving awards and recognition has motivated teams, solved problems, supercharged brands and raised their profiles, helping businesses to grow and do even more good things for their employees, their industry and their community.

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    EPISODE 20: The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2021 - Who won this year and how to enter the 2022 competition.

    EPISODE 20: The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2021 - Who won this year and how to enter the 2022 competition.

    In this inspirational episode, Donna discusses The Queen's Awards for Enterprise and explains why these awards are widely regarded as the world's most prestigious.

    Learn more about this year's winners and find out how the entry process works, so that you're armed with the information you need to get started on your Queen's Awards journey.


    Donna O'Toole is the Founder of August, and she has had the pleasure of supporting entrepreneurs, business leaders and teams to win the most prestigious awards in the world. She has seen, first-hand, how receiving awards and recognition has motivated teams, solved problems, supercharged brands and raised their profiles, helping businesses to grow and do even more good things for their employees, their industry and their community.

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    EPISODE 19: NEW UK AWARD - Launching the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards with Sarah Austin.

    EPISODE 19: NEW UK AWARD - Launching the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards with Sarah Austin.

    Sarah Austin is a leading voice of the awards and events industry. In addition to a 12-year career running an international awards portfolio at Informa (formally UBM),  Sarah was notably the Awards Director for the National Business Awards.

    She has now launched two exciting ventures in 2021 - the first being sarahaustin.co.uk which is a full end-to-end events management consultancy specialising in awards, conferences, virtual events, weddings and private events. Sarah's business has had a roaring start with several projects in the running and her first major project is to deliver (with her team) The Travel Industry Awards by TTG.

    Sarah’s other main venture sees the launch of The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards. In partnership with Lloyds Bank, these awards celebrate the resilience, innovation and creativity of British businesses - whether big or small - an innovative new start-up or an established industry player, private, public or third sector, culminating in the UK’s most prestigious business awards ceremony with a rigorous judging programme and a series of networking opportunities across the year. 

    In addition to this, Sarah is a Non-Exec Director at the Tate Galleries and also sits on the Tate Modern Advisory Council, which allows her to advise their events team on sales, delivery and execution strategies whilst being surrounded by incredible priceless artwork.


    Donna O'Toole is the Founder of August, and she has had the pleasure of supporting entrepreneurs, business leaders and teams to win the most prestigious awards in the world. She has seen, first-hand, how receiving awards and recognition has motivated teams, solved problems, supercharged brands and raised their profiles, helping businesses to grow and do even more good things for their employees, their industry and their community.

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    EPISODE 18: Turning your message into an award-winning movement with Host of the Unconventionalists® podcast, Mark Leruste.

    EPISODE 18: Turning your message into an award-winning movement with Host of the Unconventionalists® podcast, Mark Leruste.

    As the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of the Ministry of Purpose and Host of The Unconventionalists® podcast, Mark Leruste is on a mission to help entrepreneurs and business leaders have an impact on the world with their message.

    Mark  previously  served  as  Country  Manager  at  the  Movember  Foundation,  where  he helped raise €2.8 million for men’s health and inspired 110,000 fundraisers to sign up, winning multiple awards along the way.

    Since then, his videos have been viewed over 2.5 million times on social media and his podcast has had over 160,000 downloads from more than 100 countries. His book “It’s Not You, It’s Me” is a modus operandi for unfulfilled professionals looking to find more meaningful work.
     
    Mark believes everyone needs a purpose and that no one should have to be one person at home and another at work. That’s why his big goal is to create a world where the vast majority of people feel connected to an important mission at work and feel seen, heard, supported and appreciated along the way – in essence, fostering a positive culture for people to bring their true selves to work and feel inspired to show up every day.
     
    Over the years, Mark has worked with pioneering organisations, forward thinking leaders and disruptive conferences including Google, TEDx, Intuit, INSEAD, Method & Ecover, L’Oreal, StateStreet, The Guardian, Samsung, General Assembly and VirginStartup.

    Donna O'Toole is CEO of August, and she has had the pleasure of supporting entrepreneurs, business leaders and teams to win the most prestigious awards in the world. Seeing first-hand how receiving awards and recognition has motivated teams, solved problems, supercharged brands and raised their profiles, helping businesses to grow and do even more good things for their employees, their industry and their community.

    • 38 min
    EPISODE 17: An inspirational journey of overcoming adversity and achieving global sporting recognition with David Henson MBE.

    EPISODE 17: An inspirational journey of overcoming adversity and achieving global sporting recognition with David Henson MBE.

    David Henson MBE is a highly successful parasport athlete, who took up athletics following a life-changing incident whilst serving in Afghanistan almost exactly 10 years ago. Having stepped on a hidden landmine, the impact of the blast led to the amputation of the lower half of both his legs. Following an extensive rehabilitation program, he began walking with the aid of prosthetic legs several months later.
    From this moment on, Dave was determined to make the most from his ‘new life’ and has since gone on to represent Great Britain at numerous global events, winning medals at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, the 2017 IPC World Championships in London, and the 2016 IPC European Championships.
    At the inaugural Invictus Games in 2012, Dave was chosen to be the British team captain, and he competed in three events, winning gold in the 200m. Three years later, he was the proud flag-bearer for Team GB at the IPC European Championships.
    Dave was awarded the MBE in 2014, en route to becoming one of our most recognisable - and popular - parasport athletes.
    Today, he works for Imperial College London, where his role involves biomechanical analysis to help in the development of prosthetic limbs - a cause very close to his heart.
    Donna O'Toole is CEO of August, and she has had the pleasure of supporting entrepreneurs, business leaders and teams to win the most prestigious awards in the world. Seeing first-hand how receiving awards and recognition has motivated teams, solved problems, supercharged brands and raised their profiles, helping businesses to grow and do even more good things for their employees, their industry and their community.

    • 28 min
    EPISODE 16: What's new for 2021 at the UK Customer Experience Awards and the UK Business Awards, with Neil Skehel, CEO of Awards International.

    EPISODE 16: What's new for 2021 at the UK Customer Experience Awards and the UK Business Awards, with Neil Skehel, CEO of Awards International.

    Neil Skehel is the CEO of Awards International, an international awards organiser with 12 programmes around the world including in Europe, the Middle East and the UK. I’ve asked Neil to join me on the podcast today to talk about the launch of two...

    • 27 min

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