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Resumes are the least appreciated proposal section.

Resumes are the least appreciated proposal section. Proposal Managers often delegate resume writing to inexperienced writers. Writers create resumes without understanding how to interview the proposed key or non-key personnel for winning content and without understanding the proposed solution. Proposal reviewers frequently spend little time on resume review. Yet, resumes may provide discriminating Strengths that result in the win. Exceeding Requirements In a best value trade-off bid, Federal Government evaluators use a scoresheet based on the evaluation factors to check the proposal for compliance and identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Deficiencies and Risks to justify a final score or rating. To rise to the level of a Strength, the feature (in this case, person) must offer proven benefits or results that exceed requirements and/or significantly reduce risk in a manner the customer values. Proposals frequently state that a person or group of proposed personnel meet or exceed requirements in terms of years … Continue reading Resumes for the Win

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Your proposal is not a story (and 10 tips for telling effective proposal stories!) | Oct. 27, 2020 Lohfeld Business Winning Webinar

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Time: 12:00 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Saving Time Register now for this free Lohfeld Business Winning Webinar! Your proposal is not a story…but stories make your proposal better! Learn why you should approach your proposal from multiple entry points, rather than writing and reviewing it like a novel. Understand how to take advantage of corporate and employee stories to reinforce your value proposition. You’ll gain insight into how evaluators score and rate your proposal, why stories improve your score, and how to create stories that substantiate the discriminating Strengths of your solution. Lisa Pafe will provide 10 proposal story tips that you can put to use immediately to craft winning proposal narratives.   Who should attend: Anyone involved in solutioning, writing, and reviewing proposals should attend this webinar. Click to attend this free webinar Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email message confirming your enrollment status and … Continue reading Your proposal is not a story (and 10 tips for telling effective proposal stories!) | Oct. 27, 2020 Lohfeld Business Winning Webinar

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MULTI-PART SERIES: How to have better meetings with Acquisition officials – Up close and personal, Part 2

A COVID conversation with Jacob Bertram, former Director of Contract Operations at GSA

Just because COVID-19 is forcing us indoors doesn’t mean that we can’t get together and learn from one another. Recently, Lohfeld Principal Consultant and Capture expert Dr. Doug Himberger interviewed former GSA Contracts Director, Jacob Bertram. In this second installment, Doug and Jacob discuss how to have better meetings as part of developing a strategy for winning business at an agency. For the previous installment, click here. [Doug] Jacob, So you’ve had a number of meetings many, many over the years, and the companies that came in to meet with you, how would you describe them? What were their characteristics that you found to be positive, that made you want to have additional meetings with them, that you found to be productive meetings. What about those industry meetings? How would you describe and characterize those companies? [Jacob] The ones that I remember the most over my 15 years in government … Continue reading MULTI-PART SERIES: How to have better meetings with Acquisition officials – Up close and personal, Part 2

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MULTI-PART SERIES: Meeting with Acquisition officials – Up close and personal, Part 1

A COVID conversation with Jacob Bertram, former Director of Contract Operations at GSA

Just because COVID-19 is forcing us indoors doesn’t mean that we can’t get together and learn from one another. Lohfeld Principal Consultant and capture expert Dr. Doug Himberger interviewed Jacob Bertram, former GSA Contracts Director. In this first installment, Doug and Jacob discuss building customer relationships as part of developing a strategy for winning business at an agency. [Doug] Thank you to Jacob Bertram for joining me. For our readers, Jacob is a former government contracts director and acquisition professional now with industry. When he was with the government, he supported DOE, DCMA, DCAA, and GSA. We have some questions that we’ve been dying to ask the government, and we’re really looking forward to hearing how Jacob reflects on them. [Jacob] Thank you, Doug. [Doug] Our first overall topic is developing customer relationships. My first question has to do with the way industry interacts with customers in general. Doesn’t the … Continue reading MULTI-PART SERIES: Meeting with Acquisition officials – Up close and personal, Part 1

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