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Why become an Awards Judge?

As a keen networker I knew I could utilise my contacts, but that this would be time consuming & in fairness my day job kept me busy.
Having attended several awards events during my career & won a few of them, I often found myself chasing award winners down to better understand what made them a winner. Call it a ‘eureka’ moment but it suddenly hit me – If I was to become a judge it would give me exposure to some of the best practices out there & help me further build out my network!


That was nine years ago & I’ve not looked back. I’ve just signed up to judge at the Customer Experience Awards 2019 (my favourite) & can’t wait to see some of my fellow judges, many of which I now call friends.


So, does judging give me what I was looking for? Quite simply ‘yes’, being a judge gives me exposure, fresh ideas & networking opportunities that aren’t available every day. My organisation also benefits – they get a manager back more motivated, with new ideas, an enhanced network & quite simply a spring in his step.


If you’re reading this blog, then I’ll assume you are considering becoming a judge. My advice is don’t ‘consider’ it, just ‘do it’ – you won’t regret it & neither will the corporate you work for.

By Ray Harrison

Ray has worked for over 30 years in a number of senior Learning and Development roles within a number of large Financial Services organisations. He is passionate about people development but gets frustrated when L&D functions measure their effectiveness based on the number of people trained and the score on the ‘happy sheet’. Ray believes that Learning professionals should hold themselves just as accountable for the business metrics as the operational managers they support and it is through this belief that he and his teams have built a strong reputation as business enablers capable of ‘moving the dials’