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A Microsoft Word feature you will love!

Discover lesser-known features that really improve productivity

We all use it! Microsoft Word. The number 1 software tool used for proposal preparation. In time, we all discover those lesser-known features that really improve productivity. The Style Separator is one of my favorites. Style Separator This feature was revolutionary for me. It enables you to use multiple styles in a paragraph. For example, the Style Separator enables you to define figure or table action captions using a Caption style for the figure name (e.g., Figure 1-1. Organization Chart) and a different style for the descriptive portion of the action caption. The trick is to first create the Caption using References > Insert Caption. After creating the figure name or title, hit Enter and create the description/narrative language about the figure as a second paragraph, using another style. Now you have these two paragraphs: Figure 1-1. Organization Chart. Our Organization is flat, with direct lines of communication to the … Continue reading A Microsoft Word feature you will love!

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7 ways a technical volume lead can improve the business volume

Integration of the Technical Volume Lead and Business Volume Lead can improve the content of the Business Volume

Our industry tends to separate the work of Technical Volume Leads and Business Volume Leads. Clearly, businesses need to protect their rate structures, pricing, and salary information. However, there are many good reasons why the tight integration of the Technical Volume Lead and Business Volume Lead can improve the content of the Business Volume. The following table recommends several ways a Technical Volume Lead can help improve a Business Volume’s compliance, responsiveness, and content. By Brenda Crist, Vice President at Lohfeld Consulting Group, MPA, CPP APMP Fellow Lohfeld Consulting Group has proven results specializing in helping companies create winning captures and proposals. As the premier capture and proposal services consulting firm focused exclusively on government markets, we provide expert assistance to government contractors in Go-to-Market Strategy, Capture Planning and Strategy, Proposal Management and Writing, Capture and Proposal Process and Infrastructure, and Training. In the last 3 years, we’ve supported over 550 … Continue reading 7 ways a technical volume lead can improve the business volume

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Turn that losing streak around now (or avoid a losing streak in the first place!)

Our 10 tips to help you

Nothing is more frustrating than a string of losing proposals. It demoralizes the bid and proposal (B&P) team, wastes B&P funds, and results in operations personnel losing their jobs. Despite observing some impressive losing streaks, Lohfeld Consulting Group has seen many companies turn losing streaks around. We consolidated some of our observations into the following 10 tips to help you turn around (or avoid!) a losing streak. Tip #1: Reflect Conduct lessons-learned reviews to evaluate your proposals’ strengths, weaknesses, and costs. Analyze the customers’ debriefs to assess your scores against all evaluated criteria. Contract with an unbiased third-party to assess your proposals and recommend improvements. Tip #2: Formulate your game plan Create a step-by-step plan and schedule for converting your lessons learned into actionable tasks. Implement milestone reviews and metrics to measure and assess your progress. Tip #3: Re-evaluate your pipeline Evaluate your business pipeline to verify you are bidding … Continue reading Turn that losing streak around now (or avoid a losing streak in the first place!)

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