Entry guidance notes – all categories
The Negotiator Awards 2018 is open for entry. These Awards are free to enter – the only awards in the industry that don’t charge to enter.
You have until 21st August 2018 to submit your entry. This is an extended and final deadline.
There are two ways to submit your entry for The Negotiator Awards.
1) Enter online – this is the simplest and quickest way to prepare your entry. Just click on the ‘ENTER NOW’ button on the ‘ENTER HERE’ page in the menu bar and follow the steps. You have to register online as the first step. You’ll then receive an account confirmation email to validate your account. Once your account is set up, you can start your application, save it as you go and return at any time to continue and complete your Category entry or entries.
2) Submit an entry as a PDF with an entry form. As in previous years, you can still submit your entry in PDF format if you prefer, with a maximum of 10 sides of A4 including text and illustrations. Your entry must cover the five judging criteria in the Category descriptions. You should write a maximum of 500 words for each of the criteria.
First, download and complete an entry form and register with us by uploading it here. Include a copy of this when you upload your completed 10-page submission. You can upload your entry(s) here or via the link on the ‘ENTER NOW’ page.
You can also email your entry form/PDF submission to email@example.com.
Entry to The Negotiator Awards is FREE
How to prepare your entry
The essential seven steps to success
There are some key improvements to this year’s Awards. One, is that you can now enter entirely online, or choose to supply a PDF as in previous years. Second, is that we have set out required sections – Judging Criteria – for you to answer in your submission. We’ve done this to make it easier and quicker to prepare your entries and to give the entries a consistent structure and level the playing field across all agencies.
Choose whether you would like to enter online or to submit a prepared PDF document with your submission. Entry is straightforward and simple online – though it is no easier to win!
If you choose to send us a PDF as in previous years, you must register first by filling in the Entry Form and uploading it here or emailing it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org You then have until August 21st 2018 to send in your complete submission – but don’t leave it until the last minute! The best entries always seem to arrive with us earlier. This is a final deadline and there will be no extension.
Decide which categories to enter. Regional categories provide more of a chance of winning, so seriously consider this. They are very valuable for local business – you can enter regional and national categories.
If you are a supplier, carefully consider which category you best fit into; if in doubt, contact us for guidance.
Go to the ENTER HERE page from the menu bar. Read the category information carefully and be sure to answer the questions fully, but with a maximum of 500 words for each question. This is the basic information upon which to build your submission and the points of comparison with other entries, for the judges.
Regional categories: focus on your position in that region, your business relationships, special things about operating in your region.
Bring on the stats. Judges love real, honest statistics and figures. Make them clear, relevant, comparative (eg year-on-year growth in sales etc.) Charts and tables are great, especially if they are independently verifiable. Don’t be tempted to exaggerate. The judges spot inconsistencies at a mile.
Report your progress – set the scene, eg: when and how you started, where you operate, who you are (part of a larger organisation/independent) who you work with (in conveyancing, referral networks etc), professional bodies, industry qualifications, where you plan to be in the future.
Celebrate your successes – tell the judges about local business awards, involvement in community improvements, business qualifications, recognition.
Get creative and illustrate your written parts, as appropriate. You can include graphs, photographs, images to support your brand strength and values, your staff and your achievements. It is not compulsory, but it does add colour and sparkle to the written part, when supported by relevant pictures and charts/tables etc.
We need facts and relevant information more than pictures but they do give a real ‘feel’ for your business. It is an opportunity to show the effectiveness of your branding, company image and style.