Drafting the perfect fmME Awards 2017 nomination

What your nomination must cover – and avoid

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The deadline for the fmME Awards 2017 is now less than a month away and over the last couple of weeks, I’ve received numerous queries from across the industry about the awards ceremony, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 23 May. These questions cover seating enquiries, information about sponsorship packages, and most importantly, details about the Awards’ nominations process.

This issue of fmME answers many of those questions. Our comprehensive coverage of the awards this month (p38-p43) introduces you to the jury that will judge the fmME Awards 2017; provides a step-by-step guide to filing your nominations for the awards; and features feedback from fmME Awards 2017’s category sponsors about their expectations of the key trends they will look out for at this year’s ceremony.

A prominent question I’ve received since we opened the floor to nominations this January has concerned the makings of a winning nomination. “How might our nomination stand out?”, I’ve been asked.

Given that I am an unbiased party with no voting power in the fmME Awards’ judging process, I’d like to instead refer nominees to an opinion previously expressed by FM consultant and noted industry veteran, Alan K Millin – who is also on the jury this year.

In a comment piece for fmME (November 2013), Millin said: “What is your company’s value proposition? If you can’t answer this question easily, in terms of value from the client’s perspective, why would the client select your company above all others?”

I believe this statement should be the litmus test for all nominees of the fmME Awards 2017. Your nomination should almost immediately capture the jury’s attention if it explains – in both, qualitative and quantitative terms – how your company has not only fulfilled client requirements, but also added value to its operations.

This isn’t to say your nomination must be subdued or understated – indeed, I would encourage you to wear your competitive advantage with pride. However, it is extremely important that you corroborate your industry edge with client testimonials, technical data and factsheets, and accreditation certificates.

The difference between a strong nomination and one that goes on to win top honours may well be provable excellence, which is best measured through verifiable information and third-party recommendations. I strongly urge you to incorporate these essentials into your submissions for the fmME Awards 2017, but should you still have any questions, then I’m only an email away.

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