Being ‘Judgey’ and it’s allowed!

As an entrant in a variety of awards the whole experience felt really daunting. I had this theory that those who judged the awards were somehow a different species to the rest of us humans. That was when I decided to take the leap and apply to be a judge myself and find out the truth. 

 

I have now been judging for the last few years and this year was lucky enough to be a Head Judge at the UKCXA. (I am not worthy) 

 

Like my fellow colleagues of The Judge Club this is a fantastic opportunity to network with a wide range of  people all passionate about customer experience who I wouldn’t normally meet in my day to day business life. It is a privilege to see and hear from the finalists and share the excitement and joy of the ceremony and I get to learn about new and innovative thinking.  

 

It is our collective ambition to dispel the myth about judging and the awards process being elitist and scary. Professional and progressive is the aim and I would urge anyone considering becoming a judge to just do it.  Get involved and find out just how rewarding it really is. As I say in the tile – where else can you be ‘Judgey’ and its allowed.



Making a Difference through Feedback

In 2018, I was invited to judge at the UK Employee Experience Awards (fits my interest & expertise).  As a rookie, I found the process to be rather daunting – I felt a great weight of responsibility to do the right thing by all those involved.

 

I must say that I didn’t fully appreciate what a logistical challenge it is to put on an annual event.  Whilst Awards International seemed to do it very well overall, I noted some areas for improvement. When I met with Awards International, to discuss my observations & concerns, I got to experience a genuine openness to feedback & a commitment to improving the quality of the awards process.  I am currently judging in my third awards & have already noticed some process refinements. 

 

Awards International is about to launch The Judge Club which enables their judges to further improve their quality of judging, support their development, grow their networks & experience innovation & best practice in winning organisations.

 

When I was invited to join the Judge Club Advisory Board, I didn’t hesitate. It is a great privilege to be part of a team of professionals committed to continuous improvement.  I would recommend anyone to join The Judge Club if you get the opportunity.