Tag: proposal writing

APB: A Writing Model for Reluctant Writers, Enigmatic Engineers, and Circuitous SMEs [presentation slides]

Proposal managers routinely receive non-compliant, unclear, and dry content. Those asked to write proposals often resist because they aren’t good writers or they’re new to proposals. In this presentation, Julia… Continue reading APB: A Writing Model for Reluctant Writers, Enigmatic Engineers, and Circuitous SMEs [presentation slides]

DoD releases new Source Selection Procedures

If you have not seen the new DoD Source Selection Procedures (SSP) that were issued on March 31, 2016, then you will want to review this copy (click to download).… Continue reading DoD releases new Source Selection Procedures

How to increase audience engagement by varying your writing style

Do you ever get bored or even sleepy when reviewing a proposal? Have you ever found yourself at the bottom of a paragraph, but you can’t recall what it said?… Continue reading How to increase audience engagement by varying your writing style

Using "Send Personally" in BD and proposals

Technology has increased the capacity for what we can do in proposals, but with the plethora of new tech coming out, it’s hard to keep up and sometimes great products… Continue reading Using "Send Personally" in BD and proposals

Editing to reduce the length of your proposals

At the end of the proposal lifecycle, we’re all looking to cut page count—either to fall within the maximum page count or to increase readability with whitespace. While writers should… Continue reading Editing to reduce the length of your proposals

Improving the quality of proposal content with the APB Writing Model – Part 3

In the last two posts, I introduced the APB writing methodology to improve the quality of your proposal content and help reticent writers on your team. In this post, I… Continue reading Improving the quality of proposal content with the APB Writing Model – Part 3

Q&A – “APBs” of persuasive proposal writing for reluctant writers, enigmatic engineers, and circuitous SMEs

Writers are all too often overwhelmed or unprepared for their proposal writing tasks. Most of us understand the qualities our proposals need to exhibit to score outstanding, but when it… Continue reading Q&A – “APBs” of persuasive proposal writing for reluctant writers, enigmatic engineers, and circuitous SMEs

Learning about brain syncing with SMEs from Instructional Design

Interviewing SMEs for course design has several parallels with interviewing SMEs for proposal content. Course designers and proposal writers are usually content neutral, and both designers and writers need enough… Continue reading Learning about brain syncing with SMEs from Instructional Design