Only feature those that inspire and interest others, as it needs to motivate the onlookers as well as recognise the winners.
It gives your awards kudos if you can pull it off.
Make it different to what has gone before. Change the awards, bring in new technologically like audience polling – see below.
Have the Awards in an auditorium or separate meeting room and then throw a party to celebrate and network, rather than leave awards to the end.
Kick off with a top award to start as well as end the show to grab audience attention.
Audience polling is commonplace, so give them an opportunity to vote.
If you can’t condense, then stagger awards to avoid a long marathon session, where no one feels valued and the audience is alienated.
Use theming with discretion provided it will make an impact for all the right reasons. It can work if in line with corporate goals or makes it fun for audience engagement, but avoid cheesy and tacky.
Simple gestures, such as a hand written note of appreciation and thanks from someone special, that is tailored to recognise the achievement is valuable.
Communicate in advance and on the night via website, apps, programme what the ward is about and what has been done to achieve it, build the hype.
Look at what’s new and what can be done for maximum effect such as 3D mapping, projecting images and branding onto walls, especially effective in blank canvass style venues.
A dry run of every aspect reaps huge rewards.