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AppMaven’s MS Word tips and tricks for non-desktop publishers – Nov. 21, 2014

MS Word has become the industry standard tool for developing proposals—are you getting the most out of the tool to make your proposals look professional? Beth Wingate, aka AppMaven, revealed desktop publishers’ best-kept secrets for maximizing MS Word 2010/2013’s proposal formatting capabilities at the 2014 APMP-NCA Mid-Atlantic Conference. 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 instructions for her top 10 must-know functions in MS Word 2010/2013 if you’re in charge of creating proposal documents for your company – and you haven’t had a lot of MS Word experience. Click to download AppMaven’s MS Word Tips & Tricks for Non-desktop Publishers 2014 cheat sheet. Click to download AppMaven MS Word Placemat.

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AppMaven's MS Word tips and tricks for non-desktop publishers

MS Word has become the industry standard tool for developing proposals—are you getting the most out of the tool to make your proposals look professional? 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 instructions for her top 10 must-know functions in MS Word 2010/2013 if you’re in charge of creating proposal documents for your company – and you haven’t had a lot of MS Word experience. Click to download AppMaven’s MS Word Tips & Tricks for Non-desktop Publishers 2013 cheat sheet. Click to download AppMaven MS Word Placemat.

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Confessions of a proposal production expert – desktop publishing (Part 1 of 5)

In a previous series on our Insights blog (search “Proposal production across the business development life cycle”), Briana Coleman, PPM.APMP explained the production best practices all companies should perform during each phase of the business development (BD) life cycle. In this series, she’ll dive deeper into production elements and share war stories and her favorite tips. These production elements include: Desktop publishing Graphic design Editing Printing and assembly Delivery Let’s begin with desktop publishing, the art of formatting a document to help communicate a message and for ease of reading. Tip 1: Start early Desktop publishing is not a race at the end. Think about the risks for page limits! As a desktop publisher, I’ve received documents 24 hours before they were due, with the instructions to “work my magic and cut five pages…” Don’t put that kind of pressure on your desktop publisher. Instead, begin desktop publishing and editing … Continue reading Confessions of a proposal production expert – desktop publishing (Part 1 of 5)

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How experts got involved in capture and proposals – and what keeps them coming back: Part 3 of 3

Exciting! Maddening! Crazy! Insane! Appalling! Rewarding! Challenging! No – not Monday Night Football or meal prep time at my house – the capture and proposals world! In this wrap-up to my 3-part series on why anyone would get involved in this profession – much less stick around for decades and encourage others to join – my industry colleagues share their stories about how they fell into their capture/proposal careers and what keeps them coming back for more. I fell into proposals because I was a degreed engineer who could also write grammatically correct English – a rare commodity to this day. I keep coming back for more because I like to WIN, plus I enjoy working fast-paced projects; (I tell people that I have a short attention span); I like to see my product – the winning proposal – at the end of an assignment; I enjoy the wide variety … Continue reading How experts got involved in capture and proposals – and what keeps them coming back: Part 3 of 3

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