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Acknowledgement Samples

Not all professionals do their work by themselves. Although they can be as prolific or as adept in their respective fields, they will still need assistance one way or another. For instance, writing a body of work takes a lot of research. They often depend on their assistants or subordinates to gather information about the subject matter. Aside from the research people, other individuals can also receive credit for their contributions to the writer’s work. To give credit, you can make an acknowledgment sample. Read on to learn more…

How to make an acknowledgment sample

There are people worth mentioning in an acknowledgment sample, and this usually refers to those who have helped the person during the course of his work. The people to mention not only include those who gave their support technically but also financially and emotionally. Cite only those who have substantially contributed to your efforts. Here are some guidelines for when you write an acknowledgment for project:

  • Use the right tone
    A formal document usually has an acknowledgment page found in the end page. Try to avoid personal thoughts which aren’t appropriate, especially if the document deals with a very technical subject. Rather, you can write the acknowledgment in such a manner that it would sound professional. Do this by making it short and more informal compared the other parts of your work.
    Be specific when talking about those people who supported you in your work. Put a lot of thought into this portion of your document. There are also some cases where the people who helped you would feel uncomfortable if their support is less emphasized over the others. To dismiss this thought, simply list the names alphabetically. This is perfectly acceptable.
  • You may also begin with the people who have contributed the most
    Thanking your mentors is, of course, very important. But you need to start with those people who helped you most in your work. For instance, if you’ve written a thesis, you can mention your thesis adviser or some major professor who has overseen your project first. Next will be the thesis committee members and the other supervising teachers who have directly helped with your project.
    If a group of people helped you, it’s best to acknowledge them as a group. This is far better than enumerating all of them one at a time. Remember that your acknowledgment sample shouldn’t be too long. However, if you were a part of a smaller committee, it is more customary and prudent to thank every member for their contribution.
  • Don’t forget the other people who helped you
    The lower echelon of researchers and helpers follow, especially if their contributions were as important. Assistants, classmates, and anyone else who helped with your work will also be worth mentioning.
  • Cite any financial aid that you received
    Many school projects get some sort of financial assistance to help in their funding. This especially applies to those who don’t have the resources to conduct their studies. They can get the funding they need through foundations or research groups in the form of grants, scholarships or fellowships. Therefore, it’s fitting to thank these organizations by their names and provide a list of the personal contacts you might have had with them.
  • Place the more personal thank you messages and the emotional supporters in the last part
    In your acknowledgment example, your personal appreciation for relatives and friends should come last. Of course, this doesn’t mean they contributed the least, but such contributions are usually more personal rather than substantial.
    There’s no need to mention romances as these types of relationships can change as the years go by. Keep your love life out of the page. There’s always that possibility that it will not last. For formality, also avoid inside jokes and personal anecdotes, especially in an academic acknowledgment page.

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Who should be in the acknowledgment sample?

In books and other written work, you can usually find the acknowledgment for project page at the front, after the inside cover page. Acknowledgments aren’t governed by any rules on who to include. Generally, though, the usual people to include in the acknowledgment sample are:

  • Editors
    These people clean up and correct any errors that you might have missed. They are the fine finishers of written works. Authors should always spare a moment to publicly express their appreciation to the editor’s finishing touches on their manuscripts. You will commonly see writers express their gratitude to their editors in acknowledgment examples.
  • Graphic designers
    The front cover is usually the first thing you notice in a book, even before reading it. The artwork should attract readers, and graphic or book cover designers are the best people to do these and give credit to them.
  • Illustrators
    If you employed an illustrator to visually express the thoughts in your work, the acknowledgment is the best opportunity to express your gratitude for the illustrator’ skills.
  • Mentors
    There’s always that group of individuals who have inspired you and lent their support through the years. They’re the first people who taught and molded you into what you are now. Their valuable contribution is always noteworthy.
  • Publishers
    They publish the book. What else is there to say?
  • The members of your family
    These may include your parents, your siblings, your spouse or your children who lend their support while you wrote the book or made the project.
  • Your sources
    Professionals have the opportunity in the acknowledgment to thank all those who did research work or provided important information that is now part of their work. For instance, you wrote a book which dealt with forensic science. The writer or his researchers will have to meet and interview their sources on the field to understand fully the nature of their job.

Writing an acknowledgment sample speech

Acknowledgment samples can either be in the form of a written page or as a speech. There are several rules that you need to follow in making a speech. Mentioning the people who have helped and supported you in more ways than one are always worth mentioning. Here are some tips that you may take into consideration when writing your acknowledgment speech.

  • Ideally, the speech should only be up to 2 minutes long
    To achieve this, make sure that you have prepared beforehand a complete list of all the people who have contributed to your success. Remember that you’re speaking in front of an audience who can get bored with long speeches or who don’t want to hear all of the names of people they don’t know. Mention the most important influencers and keep your speech short.
  • Prioritize the people who will be at the event
    Not all those people who have helped you with your work would attend the presentation. If there are time constraints to your appearance, give priority in mentioning the names of those who are there. Doing this can make the gesture more emotional and significant.
  • You can use short anecdotes in your speech
    Injecting an anecdote to emphasize a point can be helpful to your speech. Choose the anecdote judicially and consider one which involves more than a single person in attendance. This will make the narrative more meaningful and is also an efficient way of saving stage time.
  • Choose sincerity over humor
    There’s always that urge to liven up the audience with attempts of offensive humor or even by poking fun at people. This could work if you were a stand-up comedian. But for acknowledgment speeches, it’s much more appropriate to utilize your limited stage time by expressing your sincerity. Believe it or not, your humble gratitude will resound more than any ironic jokes.

Writing other types of acknowledgment samples

There are other types of acknowledgment samples that you can compose for specific occasions. You can make literary or musical acknowledgments. Others to give thanks for much needed financial contributions. But the main gist to all these types is to acknowledge the support and help of those who contributed to the success of one’s work. Here are some tips to guide you when making these acknowledgments:

  • Think creatively when writing the acknowledgment
    There’s always a person or an organization who’s responsible for breaking a written opus into the public eye. One who had his work published should afford due recognition to those who first broke the story. Typically, you must list such credits based on the individual publications where they appeared in first.
    Similar to academic publications, it’s also essential to address those who assisted you financially for your work’s publication. Also, list any fellowships or grants that gave support while you worked on a written opus in your acknowledgments.
  • For informal acknowledgment examples, mention you can even mention your friends
    There’s more fun involved in writing informal acknowledgments, for instance, when thanking people involved in producing music. You don’t need a lot of formalities, and the tone isn’t relevant. Still, you should give credit to the noteworthy.
  • Proofread first before finalizing
    After thanking everyone, it would be very awkward for you to misspell or mispronounce words and names when giving your acknowledgments. An acknowledgment is still an important part of your work. Spend a little more time for revisions and proofreading as you have done in the main project.


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