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Award Planning

Have you just been put in charge of ordering awards for your next event? If so this is the place for you. Benton Trophy & Awards is a strong believer that awards and recognition are important to everybody. Not just the little league champion or the head of your corporate franchise. Just as important as the award is the way that that the award is presented in the awards banquet.

Below is just a sample of what we feel makes a great award or recognition for that special individual in your team, company or organization. The foremost reason to give awards is to recognize someone or group of people for their outstanding achievements or accomplishments. You want the award recipient to feel good about themselves and there accomplishments that made them the recipient of your fine award. Don't just pass out the award during a lunch break, or in the hallway, but make a special event out of it. This can be done in numerous ways. Think of your favorite awards program on television, whether it be the academy awards or the super bowl. They all have a time set aside to honor that recipient in a special way. If you have a meeting every week or once a month, set aside a certain meeting to honor that individual. This does not need to take the entire meeting time, only a portion. This will not only help your employee morale, but also they will be excited to go to the meeting. You can also set a date for an award banquet specifically.

Why is it important to recognize and what are the benefits to our business or organization.

No matter how large or small your award presentation is, below are a few friendly pointers to consider.

1.  There are three main elements to every award presentation: the award recipients, the presenter(s) of the awards and most importantly the awards themselves.

2.   There are many styles and sizes or awards. Make sure that the award mimics the achievement. What we mean by this is that if it is for your employee of the year, it should be more prestigious than one for employee of the month.

3    Always make sure that the presenter has all the pertinent information including the proper spelling or pronunciation of there name. Nothing looks worse that presenting the award to a recipient and pronouncing there name wrong or the award being engraved wrong. Being in the awards industry, we know how easy it is to misspell or not catch a spelling error. Most times we have multiple employees do spell checks on awards, if we fell their may be a possibility of misspelling. However the major thing is the recipients name. There are many ways of spelling names, so be careful when you put your information together and double or triple check. This will help minimize or alleviate any chance of errors on either our end or yours.

4.   The size of the awards presentation should also mimic the importance of the achievement itself. After all achievements for a full year deserve more fanfare than that of a monthly recipient.

5.   It is important to develop an agenda for the awards ceremony so that everything goes off without a hitch. Whether it is an elaborate corporate awards banquet or a small meeting.

6.   The most important aspect is also the budget. Evaluate your budget for the awards banquet. Many companies or groups have a set amount of money designated for awards or recognition. Don't go overboard on your budget and break the bank account,  but also don't but the least expensive award you can find. Decide what you can spend per award and give us a call with any questions that you may have at (800)568-7595 or (320) 252-4321

7.   In order for the award to have the greatest impact you need to create an excitement about the award. This can be done by posting flyers or notes in the office, announcing the upcoming award in weekly meetings and or at practice/meetings for your sport.


8.  If you have questions about presenting awards or choosing the best award for your unique situation please give us a call. One of our friendly staff will be glad to work with you to make your awards and presentation an event to remember for years to come.


We have plans to make more information available regarding awards banquets in the future, including a form for planning your next event.

As always if you have any questions or want help designing your awards for that special event, give us a call at (800) 568-7495 or (320) 252-4321 or email and we will be glad to assist you.






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