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    How to Write A Winning Awards Entry

    How To Write a Winning Business Awards Entry

    If you checked out our last blog on the Top 5 Reasons Why Entering Business Awards is Good for Your Business, you’ll know that the benefits of entering the Network NZ Business Awards are completely worth the time investment.

    We know you’re busy doing incredible things in your business, and taking time away to enter the awards needs to be strategic and productive so to help you out with your entry, here’s our top tips on writing your entry.

    How to Write a Winning Entry for the Network NZ Business Awards

    Be Real

    If you’re a Breakthrough Member or a member of our free Network NZ Business Community Facebook group, you might have seen us talk about being real and building real relationships through networking before but this is actually a really important part of being a business owner.  

    Your customers want to connect with you on a real level and so do the judges.  Be yourself, own your story and help the judges connect with you on a real level through your entry.  How do you do this?  Use your own words, talk to us like you would talk to others in real life and let your passion shine through.


    Tell Us the Whole Story

    Story telling is the name of the game these days!  Why is it so important?  Because your story is what sets you apart from your competitors and on your awards entry, it’s going to be how the judges connect with you and your business.  Take us on your journey, we want to know how you got to where you are and understand the things you’ve learnt along the way.


    Provide as Much Relevant Evidence as Possible

    Don’t just tell us, show us! We want to see your metrics – in whatever form they take!  One thing Network NZ has shown, is that there are a variety of businesses out there fuelled by passionate business owners from all parts of NZ.  We believe that success comes in all shapes and sizes and we want to celebrate your successes with you.  Own your achievements and show them off with pride! 


    Make the Judges Jobs Easy 

    Read your response before you enter and ensure it’s easy to read.  You want the judges to be engrossed in your story, not trying to piece together disjointed sentences trying to make sense of what you’re saying. Communicate your responses clearly and focus on telling us the story as you would tell it in person.


    Answer the Questions

    Please answer the questions.  This may seem really simple to some, but we’re judging your answer to the question so we’d really love you to answer it!  When you think you’re done, take one more quick check and make sure you’ve answered the question that is being asked.


    Don’t Get Bogged Down On Making it Perfect

    You don't have to craft an amazing polished response, there are no grammar and spell checkers in this neck of the woods (it does need to be easy for us to read though)!   It's what's happened and actually answering the question that matter.  We want to know your story, we want to connect with you and we want to see your achievements from YOUR perspective, help us do that each step of the way!  It doesn’t have to be perfect, just go for it!


    Final Tips

    • Write your entry in a word processing application (e.g. Microsoft Word) before entering it into the website.
    • Enter as many categories as you like.
    • People’s choice will be coming up right after the finalist announcement, so grab the entrant badge and share it out on your social media and let your audience know that they will be able to show their support by voting for you soon!
    • Make sure you get the important awards dates in your calendar now!


    Enter Now

    If you haven’t got your entry in yet, there’s still time!

    Entries to the Network NZ Business Awards are open now until 30 June 2019, get your entry in now!

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