Phil Stock

Awards Database Manager, Boost

So, you’ve got the idea to enter an award-winning story into an international business awards scheme. Your CEO has given you the green light and it’s time to pick which one you target.

Communicating the fact that you are a company celebrated for winning an award can be a gamechanger, but it isn’t just national awards that you are limited to. In the world of awards, there are thousands of different names and obscure acronyms on offer to different businesses, but proving you have been successful at The International Stevies will certainly get people standing up and taking notice.

The Stevie Awards, organizer of The International Business Awards (IBA), welcomes all organizations worldwide: large and small, public and private, for-profit and non-profit to enter. In 2017, more than 3,900 nominations were submitted from over 60 different countries.

You may be sitting there thinking winning an international award may be too difficult, but that is where you are wrong. Not only do the Stevies have dozens of categories to pick from, but with the chance to win gold, silver or bronze for each, your chances of winning are actually higher than most domestic awards. Not only are the awards winnable, but they are credible as well.

If that isn’t enough, the trophy is impressive too.

Entry Format

Now that you have decided to enter the International Business Awards, ensuring that you know what boundaries you need to negotiate to ensure you stand out from the crowd is of vital importance.

Depending on the category, you will need to submit an essay ranging from between 200-650 words, which can be assisted with supporting documents to boost your submission. If you are entering teams or individuals into a category, you will need to double check if you are required to provide a list of bullet points providing a brief summary of achievements.

To make sure you are fully clued up on entry tips, check the official website to give you the advice of the organizers, with superb entry preparation tips to assist with your submission. Be sure to check that your story fits with the eligibility dates, and that you have as much content as possible to help support your argument as to why you should win.

How to Win at The Stevies International Business Awards

With gold, silver and bronze awards to be won for each category, there is plenty at stake. To be considered your entry must score at least 7.0 out of 10 from the judges to be in with a chance of landing success. Naturally, the highest scoring entry will be credited with gold. If you achieve 8.0 and above then you will be recognised as a silver Stevie winner, with a score between 7.0 and 8.0 landing you bronze.

Attending the Ceremony

This year, the awards ceremony is to be held in London on 20th October. Based on last year’s prices you can expect tickets to set you back $475 each or $4,650 for a table of 10, but that doesn’t mean you have to be in attendance to win a Stevie Award. Alternatively, you can watch all the action unwind over a live broadcast.

Tips on Entering The International Business Awards

If you are still undecided as to what to enter, here are a few tips from Boost MD Chris Robinson that can ensure you pick the right troops to take into battle.

Going by gut instinct or by who shouts the loudest are not ideal ways to decide which stories to enter for an award.  You’ll need to take a little more care in choosing your best stories. The extra effort will pay big dividends in the long term, and will hopefully result in a gold Stevie at The International Business Awards.

So remember, often the obvious choices are not actually the right choices. But how do you do this filtering in practice?

We have a few generic brainstorming session formats, but there is no one-size-fits-all. You can use post-it notes scattered on a whiteboard, or a grid on a flip chart if you like. It doesn’t really matter about the format of your session, but it must have the following ingredients:

1)      It must get everyone around the table who might know about the best stories.

2)      It must facilitate the brainstorming process so that all the stories are tabled – good and bad – without filtering at this stage.

3)      You must agree to a scoring system that everyone buys into.

4)      You must then rate each possible story using this scoring system.

5)      You must double check the highest scoring stories as a group and come to a consensus at the end.

Now you can confidently say that the most important decision has been made. Better still, everyone will leave the room happy with the decisions made.

When you have sorted the wheat from the chaff you need to match-make your best stories against the categories and awards available. The Stevies have literally hundreds of categories to choose from – so why not match-make your stories across all the programmes you are eligible for?

the stevies international business awards trophy

“Not only are the awards winnable, but they are credible as well.”

the stevies international business awards winners 2016

“The Stevies have literally hundreds of categories to choose from – so why not match-make your stories across all the programmes you are eligible for?”

the stevies international business awards winners 2016

What Now?

Now that you have pulled teeth around a table and decided what you are entering, it is time to compile your award entry and submit. Writing an award winning entry can be a tedious task, and this is where Boost can lend a helping hand.

If you need help gathering the right sort of evidence of success and uniqueness, writing your award submission or preparing a presentation to judges, then feel free to contact Boost and out team of awards experts. We have a long successful history of writing winning entries for The International Business Awards

Looking for awards to enter?

Sign up for our free email deadline reminders to make sure you never miss an awards deadline. Every month you will receive a comprehensive list of upcoming awards deadlines (in the next two months) organised by industry sector.

Your personal information will be used as set out in our Privacy policy. Submitting your details indicates your consent, until you choose otherwise, that we will email you the requested services. You will be required to confirm this via the email address you enter, you can opt out at ANY time.

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Entering The Stevies International Business Awards

Phil Stock

Awards Database Manager, Boost

So, you’ve got the idea to enter an award-winning story into an awards scheme. Your CEO has given you the green light and it’s time to pick which one you target.

Communicating the fact that you are a company celebrated for winning an award can be a gamechanger, but it isn’t just national awards that you are limited to. In the world of awards, there are thousands of different names and obscure acronyms on offer to different businesses, but proving you have been successful at The International Business Awards will certainly get people standing up and taking notice.

The Stevie Awards, organiser of The International Business Awards (IBA), welcomes all organisations worldwide: large and small, public and private, for-profit and non-profit to enter. In 2016, more than 3,800 nominations were submitted from over 60 different countries.

You may be sitting there thinking winning an international award may be too difficult, but that is where you are wrong. Not only do the Stevies have dozens of categories to pick from, but with the chance to win gold, silver or bronze for each, your chances of winning are actually higher than most domestic awards. Not only are the awards winnable, but they are credible as well.

If that isn’t enough, the trophy is impressive too.

Entry Format

Now that you have decided to enter the International Business Awards, ensuring that you know what boundaries you need to negotiate to ensure you stand out from the crowd is of vital importance.

Depending on the category, you will need to submit an essay ranging from between 200-650 words, which can be assisted with supporting documents to boost your submission. If you are entering teams or individuals into a category, you will need to double check if you are required to provide a list of bullet points providing a brief summary of achievements.

To make sure you are fully clued up on entry tips, check the official website to give you the advice of the organisers, with superb entry preparation tips to assist with your submission. Be sure to check that your story fits with the eligibility dates, and that you have as much content as possible to help support your argument as to why you should win.

How to Win an International Business Award

With gold, silver and bronze awards to be won for each category, there is plenty at stake. To be considered your entry must score at least 7.0 out of 10 from the judges to be in with a chance of landing success. Naturally, the highest scoring entry will be credited with gold. If you achieve 8.0 and above then you will be recognised as a silver Stevie winner, with a score between 7.0 and 8.0 landing you bronze.

Attending the Ceremony

This year, the awards ceremony is to be held in Barcelona. Tickets will set you back $475 each or $4,650 for a table of 10, but that doesn’t mean you have to be in attendance to win a Stevie Award. Alternatively, you can watch all the action unwind over a live broadcast.

Tips on Entering The International Business Awards

If you are still undecided as to what to enter, here are a few tips from Boost MD Chris Robinson that can ensure you pick the right troops to take into battle.

Going by gut instinct or by who shouts the loudest are not ideal ways to decide which stories to enter for an award.  You’ll need to take a little more care in choosing your best stories. The extra effort will pay big dividends in the long term, and will hopefully result in a gold Stevie at The International Business Awards.

So remember, often the obvious choices are not actually the right choices. But how do you do this filtering in practice?

We have a few generic brainstorming session formats, but there is no one-size-fits-all. You can use post-it notes scattered on a whiteboard, or a grid on a flip chart if you like. It doesn’t really matter about the format of your session, but it must have the following ingredients:

1)      It must get everyone around the table who might know about the best stories.

2)      It must facilitate the brainstorming process so that all the stories are tabled – good and bad – without filtering at this stage..

3)      You must agree to a scoring system that everyone buys into.

4)      You must then rate each possible story using this scoring system.

5)      You must double check the highest scoring stories as a group and come to a consensus at the end.

Now you can confidently say that the most important decision has been made. Better still, everyone will leave the room happy with the decisions made.

When you have sorted the wheat from the chaff you need to match-make your best stories against the categories and awards available. The Stevies have literally hundreds of categories to choose from – so why not match-make your stories across all the programmes you are eligible for?

“Not only are the awards winnable, but they are credible as well.”

“The Stevies have literally hundreds of categories to choose from – so why not match-make your stories across all the programmes you are eligible for?”

What Now?

Now that you have pulled teeth around a table and decided what you are entering, it is time to compile your award entry and submit. Writing an award winning entry can be a tedious task, and this is where Boost can lend a helping hand.

If you need help gathering the right sort of evidence of success and uniqueness, writing your award submission or preparing a presentation to judges, then feel free to contact Boost and out team of awards experts. We have a long successful history of writing winning entries for The International Business Awards

Looking for awards to enter?

Sign up for our free email deadline reminders to make sure you never miss an awards deadline. Every month you will receive a comprehensive list of upcoming awards deadlines (in the next two months) organised by industry sector.

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