The great English poet John Keats, knowing he was soon to die from tuberculosis, and fearing that he hadn’t really made his mark on the world, famously asked that his tombstone be inscribed not with his name, but only with the statement, “Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water.” Meaning perhaps, one whose memory would evaporate and be forgotten as soon as he was gone.
Even if we’re not all literary giants like Keats, we each hope to have our accomplishments, our triumphs, not only rewarded, but just as importantly, recorded – to see them inscribed in a medium more permanent than writing on water. That’s why an engraved award carries an emotional weight for the recipient that goes far beyond its status as a symbol of recognition. It’s kind of the official documentation that while we were here, we did something that mattered enough to earn us the praise of our colleagues.
Which means that a trophy, plaque or other award, whatever achievement it’s meant to pay tribute to, should exude durability and excellence in craftsmanship. Whether it’s made of acrylic, glass, crystal, pewter or some other material, it should clearly show the craftsmanship that went into its production, and the engraved message should carry a freight of significance for the person who’s receiving it.
So when choosing an award to recognize a valued individual in your organization, take the time to choose the right design and message to show the importance of the occasion (we’ll be happy to discuss it with you and offer our advice). The recipient will appreciate that you did.