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20 tips for conducting smooth client demos and oral presentations

Final preparation and follow-up checklist

Here are 20 tips for conducting smooth client demos and oral presentations. (The most important tip is to be well-prepared to deliver the presentation and respond to potential questions from the customer under pressure!) Checklist: Things to set up before the presentation Perform updates or upgrades on the computer well before the presentation to prevent untimely disruptions, and turn off automatic notifications from all programs. To mitigate hardware issues, have backup equipment available. For example, use one PC to deliver the presentation and the other to preclude an equipment failure, serve as a teleprompter or knowledge-base, and support back-channel communications. To mitigate delivery failure, download copies of the slides and script to your PC, print a hardcopy of the presentation and script, and designate a backup to take over in case of failure. Provide online presenters with a common slide background. The background should list their company name, name, title, … Continue reading 20 tips for conducting smooth client demos and oral presentations

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A Way to Help Project Managers and SMEs Write Better Proposals

Many struggle to contribute responsive and compelling proposal content.

Project managers and SMEs are the backbone of many organizations. They have a combination of technical knowledge and communication skills that effectively feeds needed information to customers, bosses, and subordinates. You would think that such people would be great proposal writers, but many of them struggle to contribute responsive and compelling proposal content. Even those who are champion report writers or study leaders can have problems developing great proposal content. Why is this? Let’s look at the job of a project manager. She is charged with delivering some sort of product or service. Regularly, she must explain the objectives and approaches being taken to deliver that product/service. She is providing information about progress and obstacles, and making recommendations to upper management, customers, even subordinates about courses of action to address the issues and challenges of the moment. Most of her communication is about informing people about aspects the project—about the … Continue reading A Way to Help Project Managers and SMEs Write Better Proposals

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How to Beat a Losing Streak

Five tips to rebound from a string of losses

Proposal professionals are some of the hardest working people in any company. Despite their hard work, they may face a losing streak from time to time. These losses can erode their confidence, adversely affect working relationships, and even trigger job-hopping. Everyone faces losses at one time or another. For example, Steve Jobs is considered one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our generation, yet he prevailed despite numerous losses. When Apple and Lisa sales fell flat in 1985, he was ousted from his position as President. After leaving Apple, he founded NeXT, whose profits floundered. Ultimately, he purchased Pixar, returned to Apple, and the rest is history. In 2005, he gave an inspiring speech to Stanford University students about winning and losing. “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being … Continue reading How to Beat a Losing Streak

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The keys to capture management

Federal News Radio | Off the Shelf with Roger Waldron

Bob Lohfeld, Lisa Pafe, andBeth Wingate discuss the keys to capture management – including market strategies, pipeline development, and proposal preparation – with Roger Waldron on Federal News Radio’s “Off the Shelf”. Click to listen or download the interview The team shares insights on Strength-Based Solutioning™, proposal quality standards, and visual communications. Bob Lohfeld also provides his unique insights on current market trends, the increase in competition, and the role of multiple award contracts.  Finally, the Lohfeld team provides suggestions on how to improve win rates. Hosted by Roger Waldron of the Coalition for Government Procurement, Off the Shelf interviews federal contracting experts from both inside and outside of government on the issues that matter most.        

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