Category Results for Tools & Tips
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Today companies are trying to make the most of every dollar to increase their competitive edge. Even a small decrease in overhead costs or increase in productivity can make big difference. Lisa Pafe and Brenda Crist will share:
- Optimization of a budget for developing a 30-day proposal and a 10-day proposal for small, medium, and large companies
- Effective recommendations to decrease costs while streamlining workflows, use automation effectively, and work smarter not harder
- Practical techniques to implement management best practices like Agile, Information Technology Infrastructure Library® (ITIL), Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK),…
Beth Wingate, aka AppMaven, revealed desktop publishers’ best-kept secrets for maximizing MS Word 2010/2013’s proposal formatting capabilities at the 2013 APMP Nor’easters Fall Symposium.
She demonstrated her favorite tools, shortcuts, and tips live for the audience (e.g., formatting tricks to get within page count) and provided a take-home reference guide.
Beth also prepared a 15-page cheat sheet with step-by-step…
Your editor should understand the standard style guide you developed as a company standard and use that style guide in editing your proposal. In addition to examining grammar, one-voicing, and style, editors can be very useful in helping authors tighten up sentences and get sections within page count. I once cut five pages from a document simply by using the…
Recently, in the Proposal Writers Group on LinkedIn, Jessie Kim posted, “Can anyone suggest a couple top proposal books? Trying to come up with some great ones for my team to start with for our book club.”
Jesse’s question generated many suggestions of favorites provided by Adrian Rush, John Morgan, Mike Parkinson, Ali Paskun, Nigel Thacker, Larry Newman, Tim Smith, Paul Eveleigh, Sandra Carter, Chuck Keller, Lauren Godoy, and Sarah Thayer. I’ve also received multiple suggestions (included below) after I shared our Lohfeld Consulting…
Successful proposal production encompasses myriad elements. Develop a standard proposal production plan, including multiple checklists, and tailor your plan for each proposal according to the RFP requirements. Do this as soon after RFP release as feasible and then update with final details as you get closer to beginning production activities.
Your proposal production plan should include, at minimum:
- Document production instructions
- Version control instructions
- Systems testing instructions
- Supplies planned and ordered for use for the proposal
- Software packages and versions planned for use for the proposal (may be specified by the RFP)
- Resources and supplies – in-house and outside vendors for printing and office/production supplies ordered…
As I sit here working on this blog post, I have my office window open to enjoy the 70-degree What a treat! Where did winter go? I need to get outside for a walk – this time for sure! day. Hyacinths, daffodils – and dandelions – are in full bloom, Easter candy taunts me from its hiding place, and visions of spring cleaning dance in my head.
Now spring cleaning to me means a couple of things (besides my dreaded house-related projects!):
- Office projects—sorting the pile of papers that’s accumulated in my office (though, thanks to my iPad and my practice…
In our first Insights blog posting, I shared my favorite business/proposal development/design books with you. I hope you’ve had a chance to look at them and hopefully find a few you want to add to your own library.
I also surveyed our Lohfeld Consulting Group team for their favorite capture management, proposal development, and design-related books, and here they are.
For your ease in adding these to your reading list, I’ve hyperlinked each book to Amazon.com so you can easily find additional details and reviews from other readers. I’ve also noted whether the book is available as hardcopy or Kindle format…
Welcome to Lohfeld Consulting Group’s new blog. We started this blog to share our proposal development and capture management-related tips, hints, and tricks—and to share our thoughts on best practices in proposal development. Check our blog frequently for new postings of interest to folks in the proposal industry—and sign up for our monthly Section L Update eZine. Our eZine shares even more capture and proposal best practices, hints, tips, and articles (and shares our upcoming training and events calendar).
For our first blog postings, I surveyed our Lohfeld Consulting Group team for their favorite capture, proposal, and…