28 episodes

Join award-winning entrepreneur and 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 the pandemic, 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.As the founder of August Recognition, 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 British Business Excellence Awards, UK and International Customer Experience Awards, ScaleUp Awards to name a few. 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 award-winning entrepreneur and 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 the pandemic, 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.As the founder of August Recognition, 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 British Business Excellence Awards, UK and International Customer Experience Awards, ScaleUp Awards to name a few. 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!

    Ep 28: Launching my inspirational new book: WIN! - with DONNA O'TOOLE.

    Ep 28: Launching my inspirational new book: WIN! - with DONNA O'TOOLE.

    This episode introduces Donna's new book 'WIN!' and explains the inspiration behind this must-have guide to winning awards for all entrepreneurs.

    Find out how recognition could help you achieve your true potential and discover the benefits of winning awards.

    Get your hands on WIN! from Amazon today by clicking HERE.


    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.

    • 10 min
    Ep 27: Delving into the New Year Honours List and advice on how to make a nomination - with DONNA O'TOOLE.

    Ep 27: Delving into the New Year Honours List and advice on how to make a nomination - with DONNA O'TOOLE.

    In this insightful episode, Donna talks about the New Year Honours List and looks at how diversity has grown in recent years, with recipients from all walks of life, backgrounds and ethnic groups.

    Learn more about who was honoured this year for their outstanding work, and the impact that this recognition can bring.


    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.

    • 14 min
    Ep 26: Discover how winning awards can grow your personal and business profile - with ANTOINETTE OGLETHORPE.

    Ep 26: Discover how winning awards can grow your personal and business profile - with ANTOINETTE OGLETHORPE.

    In this episode, Donna is joined by Antoinette Oglethorpe - a multi-award-winning consultant, coach, speaker and author who specialises in career management and mentoring.

    She has created unique models, tools and templates to empower employees to take ownership of their career development with support from their manager and organisation. In the past few years, she has supported multiple career management programmes or initiatives at international organisations in the United Nations System. She was a contributor to the award-winning Virtual Career Labs at the United Nations Development Programme, which won two Fuel50 awards in 2017 as outstanding career management initiatives.

    In 2012 - after 25 years’ experience as a Learning and Development Director for Accenture, Avanade and FTSE 500 companies - Antoinette founded her eponymous training and coaching company, Antoinette Oglethorpe Ltd.  She speaks at events across the globe on subjects like the impact of mentoring and the importance of career conversations to engage, keep and develop leaders, among other talent development topics.

    Her book, Grow Your Geeks: A Handbook for Developing Leaders in High-Tech Organisations, achieved number 1 Bestseller status on Amazon in the Leadership and Management category. 


    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.

    • 25 min
    Ep 25: Becoming an award-winning Key Person of Influence - with 2021 Agency Awards Winner, GEZ MCGUIRE.

    Ep 25: Becoming an award-winning Key Person of Influence - with 2021 Agency Awards Winner, GEZ MCGUIRE.

    In this episode, Donna is joined by Gez McGuire - an award-winning digital marketer and international marketing awards judge with over 20 years' experience in marketing. 

    Gez is now working at the forefront of blending AI adoption and machine learning with human intelligence to deliver strategic digital marketing campaigns, and he is about to launch an exciting e-commerce brand in 2022.


    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.

    • 22 min
    Ep 24: Everything you need to know about Customer Experience and Business & Innovation Awards in 2021/22 - with NEIL SKEHEL, CEO Awards International.

    Ep 24: Everything you need to know about Customer Experience and Business & Innovation Awards in 2021/22 - with NEIL SKEHEL, CEO 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 a brilliant new award - the European Customer Experience Awards (European CXAs).

    In this episode, you’ll discover how these awards will work, along with a preview of the inaugural UK Business & Innovation Awards - also operated by Awards International - which close in early December 2021.


    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.

    • 33 min
    Ep 23: Unlock your star performance at awards presentations - with Thunderbirds star and pro-speaker DOMINIC COLENSO.

    Ep 23: Unlock your star performance at awards presentations - with Thunderbirds star and pro-speaker DOMINIC COLENSO.

    In this episode, Donna is joined by Dominic Colenso, who began his career as a professional actor, before training as a director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
    He’s worked alongside some of the UK’s most famous actors, appearing on the London stage, in BBC period dramas and most famously played Virgil Tracy in the Hollywood film adaptation of Thunderbirds.
    Through his company In Flow, he now empowers businesses, sales teams and leaders to increase the impact of their communication and perform at their best under pressure. Drawing on his extensive experience on stage and screen, he shares the secret tools and techniques used by the world’s best actors to help his audience unlock their own star performances.
    In demand as a speaker, trainer and coach, he’s also the author of the bestselling book “IMPACT: How to be more confident, increase your influence and know what to say under pressure.”


    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.

    • 35 min

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