Category Results for Proposal Management

Strength-Based Winning: Win More by Solutioning to Strengths | Oct. 14, 2018 (sponsored by ACT-IAC) | Philadelphia, PA

Sponsored by ACT-IAC as a day of training to kick off Imagine Nation – ELC 2018!!

Class date: Sun., Oct. 14, 2018  8:00 am – 4:30 pm Class location: Philadelphia Convention Center (Sponsored by ACT-IAC as a day of training to kick off Imagine Nation – ELC 2018!!) Note: You do not have to attend Imagine Nation – ELC 2018 or be an ACT-IAC member to attend this class! Winning proposals have the best and possibly the most strengths. This class sets the framework for how the Government evaluates proposals and what constitutes a strength to Government evaluators. Attendees learn how to perform strength-based capture, strength-based solutioning, and strength-focused proposal reviews as well as write proposal text that highlights those strengths. Registration: Click to register What you will learn: In this Strength-Based Solutioning seminar, you’ll learn how to: How the government evaluates proposals and determines strengths, weaknesses, deficiencies and risks How to plan and manage effective strength-based solutioning sessions How to budget and map strengths for … Continue reading Strength-Based Winning: Win More by Solutioning to Strengths | Oct. 14, 2018 (sponsored by ACT-IAC) | Philadelphia, PA

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Opportunity Alert: OASIS On-Ramps Begin with Pool 1 Small Business

With announced plans for future on-ramp contractors to OASIS SB Pools 3 and 4

On August 21, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a pre-solicitation notice to on-ramp contractors to the existing One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Small Business (OASIS SB) Pool 1. The OASIS on-ramps will follow a phased approach beginning with Pool 1, the most used pool with the smallest size standard ($15 million). Due to the size standard, GSA anticipates that most vendors will not be eligible to compete on task orders by April 2019; therefore, on-ramping is needed. The final solicitation will be released on or about September 9, 2018. OASIS SB is a Multiple Award (MA), Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract classified as a Tier 3, Best-in-Class (BIC) contract providing solutions for complex professional services requirements. OASIS also helps agencies meet their government-wide spend under management (SUM) goals. SUM is the percentage of an organization’s spend that is actively managed according to category management principles. Future SB … Continue reading Opportunity Alert: OASIS On-Ramps Begin with Pool 1 Small Business

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Proposal brain

Mental fatigue is real and can affect your proposal success

Do you feel forgetful? Is your thinking cloudy? Are you making mistakes? Are you scrambling your words? If so, chances are you have “proposal brain” or what some call “brain fry.” In my experience, working long hours over a stretch of several days without a break causes the problem and no amount of sugar, caffeine or binge watching your favorite shows can cure it. So, what causes this occupational hazard? I used to work with a doctor who chalked it up to mental fatigue or too many hours spent in front a computer screen without a break. Some people can go for several days without feeling the effects of proposal brain and some just hours. So, if you get proposal brain how can you to get rid of it? Here are five tips, I found helpful. Step away from the screen – Leave your office and go for a walk … Continue reading Proposal brain

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Strategic differentiation with a customer focus

Highlight real differentiators to emerge as a leader

I recently worked on a proposal that required – not an executive summary – but an introduction that called out the vendor’s differentiators. Perhaps one of the hardest aspects of our industry is coming up with real differentiators to cite in our proposals. In his book, “Collapse of Distinction. Stand out and move up while your competition fails”, Scott McKain suggests we spend too much time trying to duplicate and outdo our competitors. When we compete rather than emerge as a differentiated leader in our field, we are driven by the competition and not by the customer. McKain says that to have an advantage, we must pay more attention to what the customer wants than to what the competition is doing. Has this happened in your organization? The competition creates a point of distinction, so you duplicate it and try to do it even better. Each competitor introduces incremental changes … Continue reading Strategic differentiation with a customer focus

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