Receiving an award can be very flattering. Many people feel pride when the hard work they’ve put into something is recognized. However, graciously accepting an award can prove to be awkward or difficult for some. Some people may feel they don’t deserve it, or don’t know how to act even if they do believe they’ve earned it. Graciously accepting an award is important, because failing to do so could alienate those who are giving the award or those you worked with to achieve it.
There are a few things to remember when you are accepting an award. First, you need to act humble. Even if you are extremely proud of your work, appearing humble is extremely important. It should appear as if you never in a million years dreamed that you would win the award. A “touchdown dance” is never appropriate in this situation, save it for later when you are home alone if you must indulge yourself,
You must also show respect to others. Gloating is not a good move either, be mature and professional when it comes to your competitors. It’s also key that you show gratitude to those who gave you the award. Andrew R Crumbie has a great deal of respect for those who have given him awards, and he makes sure they know it.