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Entry to the 2020 memcom membership excellence awards is now open. Julian Smith, Director of I am recruiting, takes a look at the difference winning an award has made to some of last year’s winners, and the people and organisations who nominated them…


If you’re new to memcom, it’s an organisation (and sister company for I am recruiting) which has been serving the membership community for over 20 years, with high-profile events and opportunities for best practice sharing and networking.


One of their flagship events is the annual awards ceremony, which is firmly established as a celebration of all that’s great in professional bodies, associations, charities and the wider not-for-profit sector.


You have until the closing date of January 31st 2020 to enter. And my intention with this article is to try to convince you to spend the 20 minutes it takes to do so. The best thing I could think of doing was to go back to some of the winners of memcom 2019 and find out what a difference winning a memcom award has made to them personally.


My research has uncovered several interesting effects of the awards, some of which I hadn’t fully appreciated before, as the below will hopefully demonstrate…


  1. People are genuinely surprised to be nominated, let alone win


Perhaps the most recurrent feedback I got from those nominated or shortlisted as well as those who won was that they had no idea that people were really noticing what they did on a day-to-day basis. “Being nominated was completely unexpected!” said one trophy winner. “I felt amazing to have my efforts noticed and appreciated. The recognition made me more determined than ever to make things happen!”


  1. The morale boost from winning an award lasts longer than you may think…


The buzz from winning doesn’t just last one evening…one of the category winners shared with me that winning an award felt like a personal validation, helping her to recognise what she can achieve. Taking that new sense of self-belief with her into meetings, she feels she is able to influence her peers much more: “It feels like my colleagues see me in a new light”. The confidence gained in winning an award has clearly contributed to work performance. A self-fulfilling prophecy in the most positive form. Her confidence is over-flowing, and the result? Better performance in the workplace, and a happier, more driven, and more productive member of staff.


  1. As a manager, nominating a colleague brings YOU benefits…


If your team picks up awards, then some of this rubs off on you. A common thread in many of the conversations I’ve had was how the joint sense of achievement can bring a team closer together and increase productivity. It might even increase your profile as a manager; after all, if you take time to nominate your team, it means you really value them and the work they do for you – and these are attractive qualities in any potential line manager.


It’s also worth noting here that there are plenty of opportunities at the memcom awards event to meet like-minded people providing plenty of networking potential so make sure you come along too should your nominee(s) be shortlisted! I’ve heard several people recently refer to memcom as the ‘Leaders’ Forum’ and the seniority it attracts is always evident.


  1. Winning a trophy benefits your organisation in more ways than you might imagine…


Recognition of your achievements doesn’t end once the champagne corks have popped.  You can use your win as part of your PR pitch to members, audiences and stakeholders all year round. I had the pleasure of taking one Head of Communications out for dinner recently whose colleague had taken home a trophy at the 2019 awards. She told me “The win provided a timely opportunity to get in touch with our audience and the success was picked up on our social channels by many proud stakeholders and members!”


Being shortlisted for an award also validates your hiring stature among potential recruits. By pitching yourself as the best, you can attract the talent you need to push your organisation forward. One manager also told me how increased employee morale really helped her to attract and retain new quality recruits.


I’ve outlined just four reasons. I’m sure you can think of more. I’ll leave you now with the thoughts of some 2019 winners…


“It was amazing to be recognised by my peers at a gathering of like-minded souls which always feels like family. This is an incredible sector and one I’m proud to be part of.” Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health


“We could not be prouder of our memcom “Best Agency Team of the Year” win. Public recognition of the Team’s excellent work has made everybody here feel extremely valued. However, we could not have won the award without our clients, especially the CIEH. Our collaboration demonstrates how a true partnership relationship is ultimately what will deliver long term success.” Alan Perestrello, Co-Founder & Director, Trillium


“The memcom awards are the most competitive and most prestigious accolades for the membership sector and we, at Redactive, are honoured to have delivered five winner and three highly commended trophies for our clients this year across seven categories spanning: print magazines, digital media, event management, design and commercial activity. We’re proud that the work of the talented and collaborative teams we form with our membership clients has again been recognised by memcom’s illustrious judging panel for its quality, creativity and effectiveness.” Aaron Nicholls, Director, Redactive Media Group


“Our four awards are testament both to the efforts MRS has made transforming itself into a forward-thinking, digitally-minded organisation, as well as to the talent that is so important to populate these platforms with market leading content.” Christian Walsh, Digital Director, Market Research Society


“It is always rewarding when a collaboration works well, but it is wonderful for it to be recognised by memcom in this way. It is a real endorsement of the work done between IPSE and Pixl8 Group and adds a great boost to our ongoing relationship.” Robbie Fulton, Head Of Operations, Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed


“It is wonderful to have one of our flagship services recognised with a memcom award, which acknowledges our continued improvements to deliver tailored content for a better user experience.” Hilary Croft, CEO, Coeliac UK

The 2020 memcom membership excellence awards – created to empower the leaders of today and the aspiring leaders of tomorrow. Don’t delay, take a look at the awards now… There are 34 awards this year across five categories – Print, Marketing & Communications, Engagement, Digital and People & Organisation. 

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