Don't overdo it. Dont make the mistake of trying to make awards
presentations more elaborate than they need to be. In particular, make sure that
winners remarks are kept short.
Timing is everything. Remember to run through the award presentations (with
stand-ins for the award winners) at least once. Nothing takes as long as you think;
you need to rehearse first. Carefully review the script for potential time-wasters.
Death to bad mikes and speakers. If the sound system doesnt work well
during your rehearsal, get a new one. A screeching mike will ruin your program, no matter
what else goes on.
Use two presenters. Two many award ceremonies are ruined by having one presenter
shuffle back and forth between speaking at the podium, and presenting the award to the
winner. Use one presenter to describe the award, and another to actually hand it to the
Use support help. In addition to the presenters, you need people backstage to
help the winners go on, and come off successfully. In particular, be sure you have help
near any stairs that need to be used.
Limit number of speakers. Zzzzz.. Thats your audience snoring because there
are simply too many award winners and too many speakers. Limit both, even if you must give
some awards out at a "pre-event."
Capture professional photos. Those hurried onstage snapshots with eyes
half-closed and the head half-turned just wont do, especially if theyre meant
to ever end up in a newspaper or other form of publicity. Where appropriate, arrange for a