I still remember the very first award plaque I received which motivated me to practice harder and started my journey to collect even more plaques in the future. I was ten and I participated in a dancing competition. I practiced really hard and I performed really well so I know I was going to go home with one of the trophies.
I was right and I delightedly went home with a tall first place trophy and some cash. But the surprise came one week later when the competition committee informed me that they are sending award plaques for the winners. My ten years old self was really happy when I receive the plaque, even more happy than when I bought a new bicycle with the prize money.
It was actually just a simple small brass plaque with a weird cursive font. But what made me really proud was the fact that contrary with the trophy I directly received at the competition site, the award plaque had my name on it. It was just really nice to receive something that was custom made for me as a recognition for my achievement.
But after reading the plaque several times, I finally realized something that made me want to cry right away. My name was written wrongly! It was only one letter missing and it didn’t erase the fact that I was still the winner, but still. I felt like the plaque didn’t belong to me anymore. It was just a simple task how can get they write my name wrong? Well, it was not really a pleasant experience and it still baffled me until this day. But at least, as a winner that I am, I always managed to find the silver lining out of everything.
Brass Plaque Is Really Nice
I have received many plaques and awards ever since but it is safe to conclude that brass plaque is simply my favorite. Brass plaques need more maintenance compared to other materials but it has a classic look that just look perfect when it is put among other decorations. I still have my first brass plaque up to this day. It does have some scratches but since I polished it regularly it still looks beautiful.
Make Sure Everything Is Written Right
I don’t know who was at fault regarding the tragedy of my very first award plaque, whether it is the committee or the plaque maker. But now that I often ordered plaques for various events myself, I will make sure that no one will have the same bad experience with what I had. When I order a plaque, I always double check everything and I choose a reputable plaque maker that will not mess up my order.
Furthermore, I also always pay attention to what is written on the plaque. I always include some heartwarming messages to make the plaque more personal. Despite of the wrong name, the short motivational message written on my award plaque really touched my heart. So, I always make sure the person who will receive the plaque will feel the sincerity and the plaque will not be just another thing that clutters their desk.