February 11

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How To Ask for Award Votes Without Sounding Like A Narcissistic Jackass

By Annette Densham


There are a few business awards out there that ask you to get votes.

That can feel awkward and icky. Like paying for someone to be your friend.


There are lots of ways to genuinely ask for support:

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1. Attitude

It may be cliche, but success starts and ends between your ears. Stop putting yourself down and embrace the fact that you are brilliant and worthy of an award. If someone has an issue with you doing well, send them to me. I'll sort them out.

2. Send An Email To Your List

Hey (name), something really exciting has happened; I've been nominated for an award. Winners are selected through voting so, if you have a spare couple of minutes, would you support me? Here is the link. All you have to do is .... I would really love to win this award as I have worked hard this year doing (outline your achievements)..... Thanks so much.

3. Link On Social

KIS - keep it simple. Post a link on your social media profiles with an explanation of the award. People can choose is they want to support you or not.

4. Video - Tell Your Story

Most people are happy to support others in business especially those of us in business; we know what goes into making it. Share the video on your page and into groups like this.

5. Don't Be A Dick - Be Humble And Grateful

Most of us have a finely tuned BS detector so we know when someone is not being authentic. Be real in your dealings with people on social media and in 'real life'. Tell people what the award is for and how to meet the criteria. I love seeing people prosper and win, so will go out of my way to support them.

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About the Author

Annette Densham is an international award-winning publicity expert with a 30 plus year career in newspapers – The Australian, Financial Review, and Daily Telegraph, magazines (print and digital) and corporate communications. She uses her expertise to teach small business people how to use their stories to connect with the world and build influential brands.Annette is also a stand-up comedian, and as an author, trainer, mentor and speaker, she weaves her story magic everywhere.

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