HOW TO ENTER

Inspiration, tips and advice on how to make an awards-winning entry

HOW TO ENTER THE LEARNING AWARDS

  • SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY BEFORE THE DEADLINE. The deadline for awards submissions is 27th September 2019. Every submission received before the deadline will be reviewed by our panel of independent judges, so don’t miss out! Register now.

  • WAIT TO HEAR IF YOU ARE SHORTLISTED. If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be first notified by email. We will also announce the finalists on social media and press channels on the dates shown.

  • PRESENT TO THE JUDGES. All finalists are required to present to our judging panel on the date specified for their category. Judging presentations take place in London but we also accept presentations delivered over video conferencing tools such as Skype, WebEx, Zoom or similar platforms.

  • ATTEND THE AWARDS CEREMONY. To enjoy the full Learning Awards experience, book your seats at the awards ceremony in February 2020. All winners will be announced during the evening and there will be many opportunities to celebrate, promote and share your success on the global stage.

Pauline Saunders, Head of Events at the LPI, gives a quick overview of the submission process

YOUR CHECKLIST FOR THE PERFECT ENTRY

Here are some invaluable tips from our judges that will give your entry an edge over the competition.

The key to impressing the judging panel is evidence. You should be able to clearly show how the improvements and/or innovations you have made in your L&D work have been defined, measured and verified. If you have the data, you will have a clear advantage over other entrants who do not.

Tell the judges about the challenges you identified, the solutions you put in place to solve those challenges, and the outcomes you measured that verified the improvement.

Although evidence should be the main focus of your presentation, don’t get caught up in graphs and data tables. The judges will also be looking for passion as a differentiator.

Think about your presentation as a chance to tell your story from a human angle: talk about the hard work of your team, the dedication and drive to find a solution, the pride in your work and the feedback you received from others.

Tell the judges how you found new and novel ways to implement a solution or fix a problem.  Perhaps it was a software tool that had never been used in L&D before, or one that you built specifically to solve a challenge. Or maybe you utilised people from a completely different business area, such as marketing, to help you achieve your goals.

The judges will be looking for proof of positive impact on the business.

Share with them how areas of your business were improved as a result of your work (directly or indirectly). Try to go beyond the numbers: if you saw an increase in the number of employees successfully completing a learning programme as a result of your work, what effect did that have on the business as a whole?

Show the judges your data, testimonials from stakeholders, feedback, and any other material you have that indicates an overall improvement for a business area or function.

Strengthen your presentation with quotes, testimonials, videos, or even personal appearances by senior stakeholders within your organisation, who can verify and support your work. Bring in your delighted customers and clients and give them time to share their experience of your work.

TOP TIPS FROM A LEARNING AWARDS JUDGE

Experienced judge, Michael Strawbridge, FLPI, has seen many winning presentations. Here he gives his advice and recommendations on how you should approach your Learning Awards judging session, and shares what winning entries have in common.

DOWNLOAD THE BOOK OF THE NIGHT

Book of the Night

To help you craft the perfect presentation, we recommend downloading the 2019 Book of the Night – a souvenir PDF showing all the winners and finalists, with summaries on why the judges chose the winning entries.

The book also lists the L&D industry experts who gave their valuable time and expertise to judge the Learning Awards entries.

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MORE RESOURCES

Get tips and tricks from the experts and previous winners in these short videos.

THE SECRETS TO
WINNING AWARDS

Awards expert, Donna O’Toole, reveals the secrets to winning awards in this webinar recording. (44m)

ADVICE AND INSPIRATION
FROM WINNERS

We asked previous winners – “What advice would you give to anyone thinking of entering the Learning Awards?” (1m 50s)

HOW TO MAKE AN AWARD-WINNING PRESENTATION

Awards expert, Donna O’Toole, gives invaluable tips on designing the perfect presentation in this webinar recording. (52m)