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Why Plaques Are Often Better Than Trophies

May 13/2014
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When it comes to the world of awards, trophies, plaques and medals are probably the three most common choices. Trophies and medals have their place and will likely be around for years to come, but a plaque may provide more benefit to the organization handing out the award and the person receiving it. More Room for the Message When you hand out trophies, there is only a small number of characters to work with to say what you want to say. They are kind of like the twitter of awards. But with a plaque, you have more room to work…

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Oldest Trophies

April 28/2014
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The idea of a trophy has been around since almost the beginning of time, when ancient warriors would claim “tropaeum”—tokens of victory in battles and wars, most often weapons, ships, and even body parts. Later, the word evolved into the present day “trophy”, and came to be associated with the world of sports. Many of these trophies are still coveted and in circulation today! Here are just a few of them: 1.     America’s Cup Years before the first modern Olympic Games, sailors gathered every year to race their yachts and hopefully win the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Trophy, which was later…

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The Relationship Between Trophies and Modern Sports

April 17/2014
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Trophies have been around for hundreds upon hundreds of years, and predate today’s major sporting events by centuries—including the Olympics.  Yet even after so much time has elapsed, trophies still play as big a role as ever in the world of sports. Indeed, trophies are representative of more than the activities that they’re awarded for. Rather, they serve as a tangible representation of what is often a lifetime hard work, training, and dedication spent climbing all the way to the top. Here are just a few of the ways that different modern sports have come to be associated with specific…

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How to Plan a Successful Awards Ceremony

April 08/2014
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Whether we’re talking about a recreational sports team or a professional office, there’s nothing quite like an awards ceremony to help motivate and encourage people to do their best. If you’re considering organizing an awards ceremony for a group that you’re involved with, here are a few tips to make the event a smooth-sailing success: 1.     Determine a Budget Before you start planning your ceremony, it’s important to determine a budget. Decide how much money you’re able to spend, and then figure out how much of that budget you want to dedicate to awards, venue, entertainment, and anything else. 2.    …

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How to Assess the Quality of Trophies

April 02/2014
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Trophies have been around for centuries, and they’re still the most iconic way to acknowledge victory and success, whether it be in the world of sports, academia, or even at work. There’s nothing quite like receiving a tangible token of “a job-well-done”, which is why participants are so happy to receive trophies for their accomplishments. Well, that, and the fact that they’re also highly attractive to look at! That said, not all trophies are made equal. If you’re going to be giving out awards you want to make sure that your winners will be proud of their prizes. This is…

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Examples of Trophies Kids Love

March 17/2014
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Growing up is hard to do and sometimes we need a little bit of encouragement to get the job done. Trophies are a great way to let kids know how special they are in areas like sports, arts, and academics. They can come from a teacher, a coach, or even a parent in a number of shapes and sizes. Here are some great ideas of how to give trophies to your little tykes. Figurine on Base Trophies Trophies that have figurines can be used for a number of different extra curricular. Think hockey, ballet, or tennis. I remember having a…

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Contests you can hold for your employees

March 10/2014
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Not all of us are working what we’d call our dream jobs and sometimes it’s hard to find the motivation to stay enthusiastic about the work you do. Oftentimes we feel that the work we do or the extra effort that we put in goes unnoticed. A great way to motivate employees to do their best is to hold contest and give awards like plaques or trophies to those who put their best feet forward. Here are some great ideas for contents in the workplace: Employee of the Month An oldie but a goodie, everyone wants the chance to have…

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A Complete List of Spring/Summer Sports in Toronto

March 03/2014
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Spring is right around the corner (finally!) and spring/summer sports season is coming up soon. Here are a list of some sports you can play in the city that won’t take a bite out of your monthly budget. Swimming See about getting a membership to your local YMCA or think about hitting the Beaches for a swim once the weather gets a little warmer in July and August. Soccer Give High Park a visit if you’re looking for a place to kick around a soccer ball. There’s tons of space and the people are so nice that you might even…

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How Corporate Rewards can Boost Morale

February 25/2014
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For most people working the same job day in and day out it can become tedious over time. Good incentives can be a great way to inspire and encourage your employees when raises and advancement are not practical options. Corporate awards are one of the best ways to let high performing employees know they are valued while providing motivation to lower performing employees. Happy employees are productive employees so a wise employer will hand out awards to all employees that deserve recognition. In fact, it is a well-known fact that unhappy employees will have lasting impact on a company’s bottom…

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5 Examples of Eco-Friendly Awards

February 20/2014
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With more attention being paid to the environment it is always a nice idea to demonstrate your appreciation for employees without using important resources or creating dangerous by-products. For this reason, a whole range of eco-friendly awards have popped up. These are made from organic, recycled, and reclaimed products such as wood, glass, and stone. 1. Wood Plaques:  Our own Eco-Friendly Plaques are a great example of sustainable awards. Made of solid bamboo which is FSC certified and harvested from an organically-grown, managed forest without pesticides or fertilizers, they are manufactured with Soybond, a non-toxic bio-based adhesive free of urea-formaldehydes.…

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