#CIPRExcellence 2017 – my experience as a judge

Last year I blogged on the comms2point0 website on my PRide Award judging experience. This year I had the honour of judging a category within the CIPR Excellence Awards. The CIPR Excellence Awards are a celebration of creativity, achievement and the fantastic results that you’re delivering for your employer or clients.

Judges are encouraged not to share which category they’ve been involved with, to ensure impartiality and avoid any possible comeback.

I was lucky to be randomly paired with a friend and ex-colleague of mine Claire Melia-Tompkins.

First up: bring on the nominations!

There are a few stages to the process and it’s great to see the different steps involved. Firstly the awards are open for nominations across a staggering 29 categories. A 1000 word submission is required for each entry.

Then onto shortlisting…

The shortlisting was similar to my previous experience of the regional CIPR awards. The online system is very easy-to-use and facilitates collaboration between judges. Claire and I went through the entries separately and then got together to agree the final list and scores. Luckily we were pretty much in agreement!

Next up, panel interviews

The Excellence awards have an additional stage in the process of a panel interview with judges. Claire and I were joined on the day by Andrew Thomas from Communicate Magazine our panel chair and Lindsey Collumbell.

We initially agreed our criteria and went on to meet the six shortlisted entrants. I was impressed with the dedication and preparation entrants had put into the session. It was great to delve deeper into the information that we had in the nomination form, to really understand the purpose and process behind each of the entries.

Then party time at the Awards Ceremony!

EXCELLENCE AWARDS APPAn additional aspect to my judging experience, which I had not taken part in before was the awards dinner. #CIPREXCEL sums up the glamour, excitement and celebration of achievement that took place at the Artillery Garden at the HAC.

There was a nice shiny app to give details that attendees needed before and during the event including the full shortlist.

Well done to all the winners!

Including Rachel Miller @allthingsIC

The winners of the category I judged were so pleased, being shortlisted is an excellent feat and they were quite emotional about receiving their award.

In summary and a little on professional body membership…

I would recommend the opportunity to anyone who is considering judging and industry award. This opportunity is one of the many benefits of professional body membership. Personally this has contributed to my networking, CPD and personal development.

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