We recently caught up with Pearl Maclang who won the Sales and Marketing of the Year award 2017 for Asia. Read her top three tips for writing an award winning entry.
We all have dreams to win awards and we understand that the first step to success is writing a winning award entry. You don’t have to be a professional writer but it’s important to share your strengths and get your point across in order to ensure your entry catches the judges’ attention. Hear what Pearl Maclang has to say…
1. Call on your fellow colleagues for help and support
Collaboration is key. I called upon my fellow colleagues for support when it came to completing the application because honestly, I initially found it uncomfortable to write about myself and my achievements. There is always more to gain when you are sharing ideas and communicating with positive people, plus it’s a great way to validate your strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I opened up to share my life with our HR Manager, who kindly put together the heart-warming write-up about my journey in hospitality. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others who may highlight your best strengths and achievements.
2. Know yourself and your purpose
One important thing about my journey with the Hotelier Awards is that I never viewed it as a mere competition, but as a platform to share and inspire others. My purpose was not to achieve this only for myself or for personal recognition, but for Marco Polo Davao, for the country and most importantly the region of Mindanao. I wanted to be a transformational leader, one who cares and paves the way for positive changes in hospitality. This energy gave me the encouragement to take the necessary application steps and improve my self-confidence, reaffirming my reason for striving to become a Hotelier of the Year.
3. Emphasise the points you wish to get across
It is only through the initial application that you gain a chance to grab the attention of the judges. The saying ‘You only have one chance to make a good impression’ never seemed so apt. It was vital for me to get my main points across and emphasise the information I felt could catch the judges eye. For me, it was important to address the initiatives and accomplishments that I had been a part of, including the end results. As well as being a transformational leader, I wanted them to know I was relentless with my goals and often took actions during challenging times. Try not to include unnecessary information, get straight to the point and concentrate less on what you want to say and focus more on what you want them to hear.