Articles tagged with : proposal graphics

Getting a non-producer to deliver? Ask the Proposal Doctor

Dear Proposal Doctor, I have one non-producer on my proposal team. Everyone in the organization has told me that this guy is the absolute right person to craft a 10-page section on a topic that he knows inside out. But, he doesn't deliver. He keeps saying it is in progress, and I will get something soon. Others have told me not to worry. However, as a proposal manager, how can I not worry? This person could make or break the entire proposal. Time is ticking. Please tell me what to do before it is too late. Biting My Fingernails Dear Biting, You are right to be worried! This is an archetypal proposal situation, and one that is particularly common in "expert cultures" where people have more knowledge in their heads than they can ever get onto paper—much less into 10 pages. The good news is that there are ways out...

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Is it always necessary to create graphics first? Ask the Proposal Doctor

Dear Proposal Doctor, My capture manager is insisting that we complete a big stack of graphics before we write any proposal text. We have a decent amount of time for this proposal, more than we usually get. But, my writers are worried about how long the graphics process will take and the compressed writing schedule that will surely follow. Is it always necessary to create graphics first? Where did this rule come from? How can I make it work with a team that does not really think visually? I understand the capture manager's point of view, but I also see where the writers are coming from. Please help. -Stuck in the Middle Dear Stuck, I am so glad you asked this question because it goes to a tension at the heart of our profession. Everyone wants the universal rule or the “best practice” (not my favorite term) that applies to...

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