What Should My Engraving Say?

    You know you want to recognize a special employee with an award.  They’ve worked hard, they deserve it.  But what do you have engraved on the award?  How do you make sure the award is worded just right?  This isn’t always easy.  We get asked for assistance with this quite a bit.

    General Tips for the Message

    Keep in mind that your recipient's plaque or award will be displayed forever; on a shelf, wall, desk or bookcase.  Make your message stand out.

    Make sure it’s reflective of what they are being recognized for.

    If your award will be announced in front of an audience; keep it short, sweet and clever.

    Make it catchy and memorable, not long and drawn out.

    Having a sense of humor is fine, but make it tasteful if you choose to go this route.

    Read your award phrase out loud before printing it on the gift.

    Always include the date the award is presented, or at a minimum, the year.

    Wording will normally be centered, unless you specify otherwise.

    Include your company’s logo if possible.

    Use a motivational quote that is meaningful to your company or the individual.

    Typical Format

    Field Description/text

    Example

    (Name of Award)

    Diamond Award

    (Recipient Name) CAPS

    JANICE SULLIVAN

    (Accomplishment or reason for award)

    The true measure of success is the number of obstacles you overcome. Your tireless dedication to Trophies2Go is an example to all

    Date

    May 2012

    (Company Name and/or Logo, department or division if applicable)

    Trophies2Go Customer Service

    Here are a few wording examples for various types of awards.

    Leadership, Service and Retirement Awards

    In Appreciation of Twenty Years of Outstanding and Loyal Service to XYZ Widget Company

    ***

    In Recognition of Your

    Outstanding Efforts in Keeping

    Our Systems Operational

    24x7x365 in 2011

    ***

    The difference between success and

    Failure is often determined by one's

    Dedication. Your undying commitment

    To our company's success has

    Earned you our highest esteem.

    ***

    In Grateful Appreciation For Your

    Outstanding & Dedicated Service

    To The People in Your Community

    ***

    NAME

    ON BEHALF OF ALL THE WORKERS AT

    Jamba Juice

    WE WISH TO THANK FOR YOUR FINE EXAMPLE OF LEADERSHIP. YOU ARE THE #1 BOSS!

    Sales Awards

    In Recognition of Your

    Outstanding Sales Performance

    in Selling the Greatest Number of

    Licenses in 2011

    ***

    Congratulations On Attaining 125%

    Of Your Sales Goal for 2011

    ***

    THANK YOU FOR   WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO HELP

    Liberty Company

    MEET AND BEAT OUR   GOAL!

    ***

    CONGRATULATIONS TO   FOR BEING THE #1 SALESPERSON IN THE WEST REGION

    FOR THE MONTH OF   JULY AT HOME DEPOT.

    KEEP UP THE GREAT   WORK!

    ***

    Other Award Ideas

    FOR ACHIEVING THE IMPOSSIBLE AND BREAKING THE COMPANY SAFETY RECORD

    Target

    CONGRATULATES

    Name

    ***

    FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR TEAM AND YOUR DEDICATION OF TIME,

    The Eagles

    WOULD LIKE TO THANK

    Coach Name

    FOR LEADING OUR TENNIS TEAM TO VICTORY IN

    Year

    My most important tip?  Spend some time on the wording.  The recipient has done something wonderful for your company or organization.  Make it meaningful.   Speak from the heart.

    Note:  My next blog article will be sharing with you how to get that engraving to us.  Look for it on Thursday.

    Blessings, Anne

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