Articles tagged with : Bob Lohfeld

7 steps from good to great proposals

A win doesn't always mean what you submitted was the best it could be

We all strive to write great proposals and often pat ourselves on the back when our proposals win. Each victory fills us with pride and reassures us that we’re writing great proposals, but that’s not always the case. Great proposals frequently lose on price, and poorly written proposals win when competition is limited or the bid price is low. Because of this, victory is not always a good indicator of proposal quality. All great proposals have seven essential attributes, and you can use these attributes to measure the quality of your proposal. Once you make it a practice to measure these attributes, you’ll be surprised at how quickly all of your proposals improve. To be a great proposal, a proposal must embody the following: 1. Compliant structure – First and foremost, the proposal must be structured to comply exactly with the request for proposals (RFP) instructions and attachments, thereby making...

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100 words that kill your proposals

Inexperienced proposal writers seem to use words that should be avoided when writing proposals. These inappropriate words and phrases can weaken a proposal, annoy evaluators, and even undermine the bidder’s credibility. To help you write better proposals, we have compiled a list of the most frequently used words that should be avoided when writing proposals. Some of these came from Carl Dickson at CapturePlanning.com, while others came from lists that have circulated around the proposal industry for so long that the identity of the original authors has been lost. Our list doesn’t cover every word that should be avoided, and there are certainly exceptions to the usage rules, but our list does provide guidance and suggests alternative words that will strengthen your proposal. (The full list is actually about 200 words.) 100-Words-to-Avoid-in-Proposals-Lohfeld-Consulting-Group (click to download) Here’s a brief discussion of the kinds of words you should avoid. Crutch words When...

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Bob Lohfeld honored as 2012 APMP Fellow at Bid & Proposal Con

(Dallas, TX) — May 30, 2012 — The Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP), the international association representing proposal, business development, and capture management professionals, announced its new class of 2012 Fellows at the association's Bid & Proposal Con 2012 in Dallas, TX last week. The APMP Fellows Award is the association's highest honor and recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to new business acquisition, their profession, and their association. The award is open to all APMP members who have belonged to the association for 5 or more years. The four APMP Fellows honored at Bid & Proposal Con 2012 are: Bob Lohfeld, Founder and CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group, Inc. Olessia Smotrova-Taylor, President, OST Global Solutions, Inc. David Warley, Managing Consultant, Bid to Win Ltd, UK Ruth Turman, Senior IT Support and Proposal Manager, Companion Data Services The Fellows Awards were presented in front of 150 industry professionals...

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