Inside Scoop: Participating in awards programs

Our Owner Director, Jody Euler, has participated in a quite a few award programs over the last two decades so we decided to get the inside scoop and find out what it’s like to be a judge, entrant and winner.

You’ve won awards ranging from redhotblue’s success as a business to its success as a creative agency to your own success as a manager and designer, which one has the most meaning to you?

They all hold a special place in my journey, as they mark different milestones along the way. However the one that probably still remains most memorable was being named Top 5 in the State at the Telstra Small Business Awards. The fact I had my entire team and family with me at the Awards Ceremony in Brisbane, made the recognition even more amazing. Plus arriving in a limo at the Sheraton was pretty cool too. Who says “country kids” can’t arrive in style?

In 2003, you won Young Manager of the Year at the AIM Management Excellence Awards and this year you were a judge in that category, what was it like being on the other side?

It was an honour to be asked to judge and a privilege to see so many inspiring young people. It was such a different experience being on the other side of the table, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m a big believer in always making room to learn something new. The 8 candidates gave a variety of perspectives on the questions asked and I took away some great thoughts from them.

So do you prefer being an entrant or a judge?

I guess at this point in time I have been an entrant more often than a judge, so being asked the questions is what I am more familiar with. Awards not only offer a great sense of achievement and validation for the hard work you do, it also provides a level of credibility and gives your audience something to really take stock of. However sitting in front of a panel certainly gets your mind racing. I do look forward though to further opportunities to be involved in the judging process.

Any tips for those considering entering an awards program?

Be yourself. It is a good idea to get a clear understanding of the awards you are entering and research can help. If you are true to who you are, regardless of the outcome, you can be proud of the achievements.

Lastly, what’s your Awards Ceremony highlight?

The entire atmosphere of gala evenings always makes for a spectacular night, especially when it is being shared with your staff, family and friends. But the highlight would have to be when they announce your name as the winner. There’s no better feeling!