IABC Capital Awards 2019: Considering entering?

Andrew Dunaenko | February 11, 2019

It's time to start formulating your submissions! At last year's Capital Awards gala, we celebrated your GEMS and the 40th Anniversary of IABC Edmonton. Our theme this year is the Science of Communications and honours IABC Edmonton's communicators who have been committed to the scientific process of communication for over 40 years. But we could also be celebrating you, your entries and your accomplishments from the past year!

All the planning, the research, the analytics and the data you pore over to achieve the perfect combination of engagement and results. There is a definite science to what you do and when the call for entries opens on February 22, we hope that you'll consider entering.  Not only because it's a cool thing to win an award, but also because of all the benefits a Capital Award can bring to you personally and professionally.

Contemplating whether or not this is the year you should enter?  Is it possible that you are doubting your skillset as a communicator? If that is the case, you are not alone. The beautiful thing about the IABC Edmonton Capital Awards, with its experienced panel of judges, is that there is nothing to lose and only knowledge and experience to gain.

Elizabeth Tadman-Kickham

At least that seemed to be the main lesson that Elizabeth Tadman-Kickham, multiple IABC Edmonton Capital Awards entrant and award-winning communicator, wanted to share. 

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Elizabeth recently to discuss the Capital Awards and she shared several valid points as to why you should stop waiting around and just go ahead and submit those entries that you have been hanging onto.

During our conversation, Elizabeth touched on some of the entries she had submitted in the past. Some entries that were submitted she was so confident were award-worthy, and then the submission didn’t win. Yet, she said, “the feedback was so valuable; the judges provided me with an outside perspective and tips to make my entry stronger.”

Elizabeth continued, saying “it helped me create more detailed communication plans in the future.”

When asked if there was anything she wanted to say to potential entrants, Elizabeth replied “if you are afraid of not winning or are doubting your work, that is exactly why you SHOULD enter! Whether you win or lose, having your work evaluated by other communicators and taking their feedback to heart will make you a better communicator yourself.”

Elizabeth Tadman-Kickham has submitted several projects in the past on behalf of her employer, volunteer organizations and even solo entries. She mentioned “when I submit an entry on behalf of the organization I work for or a non-profit group I volunteer with, the recognition adds legitimacy to the work we are doing. Winning a Capital Award helps people, like your senior managers, better appreciate the level and quality of your work.”  

Regarding to her solo entries, Elizabeth explained “I see it as a personal challenge. How do I measure up to leading industry professionals? The Capital Awards have helped me be more comfortable receiving feedback on my work and have added to my credibility as a communicator.” She also didn’t want to leave out the obvious, “for anyone on the job hunt, winning these awards also looks great on a resume.”

With that being said, the 2019 IABC Edmonton Capital Awards are getting closer every day. It is time for you to return to the lab, review your thesis, and start experimenting. Confirm your calculations, rule out the observations of possible outcomes to finalize your end result.

Need a bit of help with your entries? We have some great resources available for those who are thinking about entering, including an entrant webinar hosted by Gold Quill judge and accredited business communicator, Claire Watson on February 28. Our 2nd annual student workshop is also taking place on March 13 so watch our social media channels for more information!

You've already done the hard part. What are you waiting for?

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