Preliminary judging opened this week for the the 2011 (5th annual) Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, the world's premier honors for customer service and sales professionals. There are more than 40 sales awards categories in the competition, and more than 30 customer service awards categories.
Once of the great things about preliminary judging of the Stevie Awards is that anyone can apply to participate. Interested? Apply online today. If your application is accepted you'll be able to judge online, at your convenience, anytime through January 7.
There are two big reasons why you should spend a few hours participating as a preliminary judge:
- Judging is a great badge of honor to put on your resume or CV. Active judges are always acknowledged on the awards web site (here's the list of the 2010 judges) and in the awards dinner program.
- You'll get to read and evaluate a lot of great success stories in your field, whether it's customer service or sales, and there's no better way to measure the pulse of achievement in your professionals, especially when those stories of success are coming from industry leaders. Last year's winners, for example, included Macy's, FedEx, AT&T, SAS Institute, DHL Express, Royal Caribbean International, and more.
And here's a bonus third reason why you should participate: the two preliminary judges who score the most entries will receive two free tickets to the 5th annual awards banquet, slated for Monday, February 21 at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.