Published: 3 September 2018

What could you do with 400 words?

It’s not a huge amount. 400 words isn’t enough to sing half of American Pie. It would only get you four cat pictures on written? kitten.

It’s less, even, than all the Gaelic words for snow (there’s 421… we like talking in detail about the weather, evidently). Still, you can do a lot with it – such as write out Ernest Hemingway’s shortest story 66.7 times.

But we have a better idea. Why not use those words to show gratitude, recognise great work and inspire others? We’re inviting you to use 400 of your best words (extra appreciation if they include nitwit, blubber, oddment or tweak) to tell us about a third sector communicator who inspires you in this year’s Inspiring Communicator Awards.

Nominate someone in the sector who stands out – maybe they’re a great campaigner, maybe they’re an incredible champion for your cause, or maybe it’s someone you admire from afar (no, not like that guys, we’re not match.com – move along there).

Seriously, though, communicators in the third sector are a hardworking, inspiring bunch and the tireless work you all do deserves recognition. That’s why we’re proud to hold the Inspiring Communicator Awards – to shine a light on the life-changing efforts of the community we are privileged to work among. We love the opportunity to champion the work you all do – but to do that, we need to know about it. In 400 words or less, tell us why your nominee deserves an award. Still not convinced? Here are three reasons why you should:

1. Recognising others’ achievement is good

Recognition is so important. We all want to know our efforts are valued and the work we’re doing means something. On top of all that, when I reflect on the qualities I admire in other people, I find that it gives me something to benchmark my progress on, and helps my personal growth – so it’s a win-win situation really. Beyond that, the negative voices in the world are always clamouring to be heard* **, which is all the more reason to keep shouting about the good.

*Not at all referencing a certain global leader’s twitter feed here.

** Ok fine, I am.

Know someone who should be valued for their achievements? Nominate them for our awards.

2. It’s a lovely night for the winners

Who doesn’t like to have a few nice drinks and snacks, while people tell you how wonderful you are? Look at these people having the time of their lives. Wouldn’t your boss/colleague/volunteer love this? Of course they would.

ICA Night 2017 : Tim Butcher

Give one of your peers the night they deserve. Show them the love by nominating them for our awards.

3. The winners will join a long list of comms champs who continue to deliver inspiring comms in the third sector

Every year we’re blown away (but not surprised) by the calibre of candidates. And every year, we’re humbled to see just how much there is to celebrate in our sector. Check out what’s been said about our previous winners, and find out more about them here.

But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what 2017 Inspiring Communicator Awards winner Jon Ware had to say about his experience:

It felt incredibly thrilling to be nominated for an Inspiring Communicator Award, let alone to win one! CharityComms also made the awards evening an experience to remember – it was really humbling and fascinating to get to stand amongst so many talented people from the charity sector, and learn more about everything they’ve worked for and achieved.”

So what are you waiting for? Nominate an inspiring communicator today and give them the recognition they deserve.


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Molly Clarke, digital and finance assistant, CharityComms

Molly is the digital assistant at CharityComms and a Charity Works fellow. Before CharityComms, she was studying for her MA in International Development. Prior to that, she directed, produced and edited film projects both in a corporate and not-for-profit setting in the UK and internationally.