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7 Reasons to meet the client before RFP release

Best informed wins

The better you understand a new business opportunity, the more likely you are to make an informed decision about whether you should bid. Similarly, the better the government understands your firm’s capabilities, the more likely they are to want your company to compete. Meeting the client is an essential first step in this process. You must conduct face-to-face information-gathering meetings with clients to increase your knowledge about the opportunity and to begin positioning your firm as a leading competitor for the procurement. While market research provides a running start at understanding the opportunity, the clients are the ones closest to the opportunity and can provide information that outsiders cannot. By holding true conversations with a client as soon as possible in the opportunity identification and qualification stages – versus holding thinly veiled marketing meetings – you can gather information that helps you to understand the client’s requirements and objectives,  tailor … Continue reading 7 Reasons to meet the client before RFP release

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Back to basics – spring cleaning

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 of organizing to read later docs and filing them in DropBox, it’s not nearly as high as it used to be!) along with organizing the I’ll put it away later Xerox box of full of stuff. Personal growth projects—assessing my current career path, thinking about the projects and proposals … Continue reading Back to basics – spring cleaning

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Top 10 Reasons to Vote Your Color Team Reviewers Off the Island

We all know that proposal color teams reviews are valuable. When done correctly, color team reviews are the most cost-effective way to improve a proposal. These color teams provide an independent, comprehensive review of how the proposal strategy, solution, compliance, responsiveness, and value have been addressed in the document. In an ideal situation, proposal writers get collaborative, constructive guidance to improve the proposal. A solid independent review shows us where we’ve gotten too close to our topic to make good cuts and adjustments. We all recognize, however, that some reviewers don’t really seem to understand how to provide the clear, constructive guidance we all need and appreciate. Those are the reviewers you just want to eradicate at the end of a long review session. Here are my top 10 reasons to “vote a reviewer off the island” (and what we really wanted from them): 10. Reviewers think they’re graphic artists … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons to Vote Your Color Team Reviewers Off the Island

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Top 5 reasons to gather info about business opportunities – and what to gather

There are multiple reasons to gather information about an opportunity. 1. We need to confirm the four opportunity elements listed in our previous blog post, 4 Major Elements of Qualified Business Opportunities. 2. We have to ensure that no organizational conflict of interest (OCI) situation exists that will affect our business—such as our already holding a contract that specifically precludes our bidding on the identified opportunity. 3. We need to work internally and with any teammates to determine ways to influence or shape the procurement—ethically, of course—and to gather details continually to support our ongoing Bid/No Bid assessments. 4. We need to determine the who, what, where, when, why, and how to qualify an opportunity. We want to: Identify our strengths and potential gaps related to the opportunity Gather necessary information to tell our story before RFP release Scope the size of the opportunity and identify resources for success Determine … Continue reading Top 5 reasons to gather info about business opportunities – and what to gather

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