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Tips for writing your nomination

Our judging panel have many nominations to read, so in order for your nomination to stand out, you must explain and include evidence and clear examples of what makes your nominee worthy of recognition.


The important questions you'll need to answer in the nomination form are:

  • How has the nominee achieved or contributed to their profession, industry or community, within the last 2 years? (200 words max)

  • How do they influence others or how have they worked to break the stigma and change attitudes that exist in the South Asian community, within the last 2 years? (200 words max)

  • Has this person previously received recognition for their achievements or talents?

Make sure you:

  1. Describe the impact and effect of the nominee’s work 

  2. Articulate why the nominee’s achievements are notable, special or unique

  3. Keep your nomination relevant and to the point

  4. Focus on the individual’s own achievements, not the achievements of their organisation or team. 

  5. Only include information about the nominee’s early life or education if it is relevant to the case you are trying to present. 

  6. Assume the reader is not an expert in the nominee’s area; spell out or explain any technical terms, and of equal importance, don’t use jargon. 

  7. Avoid bullet points and use full sentences.

  8. ​Explain, evidence and substantiate your claims. Extraordinary achievements are expected, and recognising these contributions is the whole point of the Power List.

  9. Keep it simple – remember that longer doesn’t necessarily mean better. When presenting your nominee, keep your explanations clear and to the point.

  10. When proofreading your final version of the nomination, ask yourself the following questions: 

    1. Have I answered every part of each question that I’ve been asked? 

    2. Is there information in my response that is not relevant to the question? (if yes, then remove this)

    3. Have I included evidence, facts and figures to make it more compelling? 

    4. Have I used UK English spell check and proofread the submission thoroughly?


What shouldn’t I do?

Your nomination shouldn’t be:

  • an extended CV;

  • a list of educational achievements;

  • a list of appointments, awards or posts;

  • a job description showing what the person is meant to do.

Because poor nominations often list these things, a frequent complaint from the judging panel is that the person recommended is “doing no more than their job” or “doing nothing that stands out”.
Instead, your nomination should describe what is special about your candidate’s achievements and show memorably and persuasively how and where they have made a difference.

We hope these tips help and good luck with your nomination entry. 

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