Okay, a few weeks ago we gave you some ideas about ways to keep your staff bought in, and one of the ones that we received the most inquiries about was an awards night. A lot of you are thinking the exact same words with completely different meanings right now. “An awards night?”
You got it!
As experts in planning corporate events, Nuila Events, LLC helps companies of all sizes to orchestrate any need. You know that in a corporate setting, awards have exactly the amount of value and prestige that you place on them. A fast-moving, fun, and meaningful awards night can make the experience worthwhile for everyone involved. Having a well-planned event and a clear understanding of its meaning allows you to honor the awardees, without boring the other attendees. How can we create an awards show for your company? Let’s get into it-
Before you make the first formal plan, you will want to clearly define the goal of the awards night, the criteria, and the meaning. Great communication can accomplish this quickly. From there, you move on with planning the actual awards night, with small but relevant speeches for each awardee.
The evening should be stimulating throughout. You can maintain interest by using engaging graphics, music, and lighting. The physical award itself should also be exciting and representative of the company.
A number of people work together in creating a memorable corporate awards night for your company:
Host - Responsible for giving the welcome speech, communicating the meaning of the awards, and giving instructions to award recipients. Should be on or near the stage at all times.
Presenters - Announce the awards, injecting relevant information or humor about the awards and keeping the event moving along throughout.
Somebody should physically hand out those awards.
Tour Guides - Stay near the stage to direct award winners to the stage.
Photographer - Takes pictures of the event. The photographer should be instructed on the desired positioning and photos to be taken and they should be a professional
Receiving line - You may want to have one or more corporate officers standing on the stage to give congratulatory handshakes. You'll also want someone nearby to help position awardees for a photograph as they receive their handshake.
No audience wants to put up with confusion or technical difficulties during an awards show, so it's important to run through the show at least once the day before the event. This also gives you an opportunity to give key instructions to people like the photographer. It gives everybody involved an opportunity to get on the same page, ensure that the setup of the event works well, and run through the event so that it will go smoothly. A great event planner – hmmm, we know one – can really help make this a smooth process.
Stepping it Up
There are a number of ways you can take a memorable corporate awards night for your company to the next level. The exact steps will vary based on what's appropriate for your particular event. Options include having live entertainment, having pre-recorded videos regarding the achievements of an awardee, or inviting an awardee's family member or spouse as a surprise guest. These things help to ramp up the energy, keep interest high, and make the event more personal and meaningful.
Setting up an awards presentation for your business has its challenges, but by following these guidelines and embracing experienced professionals, you are going to be well on your way. As we get into the summer, Nuila Events, LLC is ready for all sorts of professional engagements, and the best part? We can help you handle all the heavy lifting. Reach out to us today and let’s talk about how to really knock the socks off of the people that help you the most – your employees!