Acceptance Speeches

13th January, 2014 - Posted from janebeard

Hollywood celebrities and musicians aren’t the only people who make acceptance speeches. In the business world, awards go to inventors, top sales people, and other stand-out performers.

Last night, the Hollywood Foreign Press gave out the Golden Globe Awards. And even though they’ve known for almost two months that they were one of five people nominated for an award, several winners had the balls to pretend they hadn’t peppered a speech.

I call bull$#!% on that. It’s time we all do. These actors have been preparing acceptance speeches in their bathrooms since age 7. In a show of false humility, and bad acting to boot, they pretend it never crossed their minds that they could possibly win.

SO they waste 50 percent of the short time they have and lose the chance to show authentic gratitude.

Robin Wright, great as she is, was disingenuous in her speech.

So was musician Alex Ebert.

And of course, Jacqueline Bisset. Probably the worst offender I have ever seen in this regard.

But this isn’t a star-bashing post. I hope this reaches people who will, whether in the near or long term, remember that accepting an award isn’t just a gift. It comes with responsibility.

Make the audience, and the people who helped you excel, more important than some pretend, “Who, me?” moment. Here are some acceptance speeches that did just that:

Amy Adams got there eventually.

So did Spike Jonze…

…and Jared Leto.

You see that Michael Douglas was prepared and authentic.

What ties these speeches together is that all of the speakers gave some thought to something that mattered to them, that was bigger than themselves.

When you win the award Salesperson of the Year, think about a message that is bigger than you. Should the Most Valuable Employee of the Decade award go to you, name the people who helped get you there. If you’ve broken new ground and get the Innovator Award from your company, acknowledge the people who came before you.

Winning an award is a big deal. No one who is up for an award treats it casually in private moments. Don’t pretend you’re casual about it when all eyes are on you.