Tell Your Story: Champion Nominations are Open
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Nominations are NOW Open
The nomination period for IBM Champions will run from 9 October to
Now that nominations are open, it's time for you to gather your information so you can re-nominate yourself or nominate a community member you think should join the Champion ranks.
Not familiar with the IBM Champions program?
I assume that most people reading this blog are familiar with the IBM Champions program. If you're not - or if you're looking for someplace to send a colleague or community member who's less familiar with the program, I suggest you refer to the main
IBM Champion Selection Criteria
So how are you going to pick who to nominate? The selection criteria haven't changed. We still want IBM Champions who:
You want to nominate (or renominate) those who have offered significant contributions over the past 12 months. Consider what you (or they) have done that is regular, significant, impactful. Contributions should be above and beyond a nominee's job duties, but may be internal or external. The list below is just a few examples - I'm constantly amazed by the types of contributions to the community that our Champions share with me.
Tips for the IBM Champion Nominations
Yay! You've picked your people or decided to renominate yourself. Now what? Here are a few tips about this year's nomination forms and processes to help you make the most of your time and effort.
First, there are multiple nomination forms this year: for renomination, for self-nomination for a new Champion (or Champion alumni), for nominating someone else, and for an IBMer who's nominating someone else. We've tried to reduce the noise in the nomination forms; that is, the renomination form assumes we have a lot of information about you and asks you to spend your time telling us about the work you did this year. Similarly, if you're nominating someone else, we're aware that you don't have all their information. What you do have is knowledge of what they did that impressed you and how they made a difference. So we focus on that. If we decide the nomination is worth pursuing, we will ask the nominee to expand on what you've told us.
On the other hand, if you're a submitting a new nomination for yourself, we ask detailed questions to get the most information about who you are and what you've done.
Regardless of which form you're submitting, the key will be describing in detail your top activities this year. The activity(ies) should be something that had a strong impact or that you're particularly proud of.
This list includes a few tips for what we need to see:
Finally, talk to the nominee before you submit their nomination. We'll be asking anyone who has been nominated to also submit a self-nomination and that conversation goes more smoothly if it's not a surprise! Plus, they can help you gather information about them.
If you're a community member who wants to become an IBM Champion, I suggest you take some time to review the website for the selection criteria, benefits and expectations for Champions. Then gather links for what you've accomplished this year and get
Look for more blogs this week with program updates, profiles of current Champions in Action and more. Nominations remain open through