Articles tagged with : winning proposal

Proposal Writing for Federal Contractors: Guide the Evaluator to Award You the Contract | December 12, 2019

Class date: December 12, 2019 In this class, you will learn how to improve your proposal writing, resulting in improved proposal quality and increased win rates. Students will learn what constitutes great proposal writing as well as how to plan and write effective proposals, avoid pitfalls commonly found in proposal writing, and write content to efficiently increase proposal evaluation scores. Class exercises allow students to practice these skills in class with instructor feedback. Registration: Click to register What you will learn: How the government evaluates proposals in order to write content that achieves high scores Seven proven quality measures for analyzing proposal content How to get organized with schedules, compliance matrices, and outlines How to make best use of internal resources How to plan proposal content using techniques such as content plans and annotated outlines How to develop Strength Statements How to use proof points for better persuasion How to...

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Proposal Writing for Federal Contractors: Guide the Evaluator to Award You the Contract | March 7, 2019

Class date: March 7, 2019 Do you have to write the technical or management sections of proposals? Would you like to learn the process professional writers use to create compelling content quickly for the technical and management sections of a proposal? If you would like to learn how to write better proposals more quickly and consistently receive higher scores, then this 1-day training seminar is for you. Registration: Click to register What you will learn: In this Proposal Writing seminar, you’ll learn how to: How the government evaluates proposals in order to write content that achieves high scores Proven quality measures for analyzing proposal content How to get organized with schedules, compliance matrices, and outlines How to plan proposal content using techniques such as templates and annotated outlines How to develop strengths-based win themes What proof points are and how to substantiate your claims with them The APB method and...

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4 strategies that can kill your recompete

Love is not an evaluation criterion in federal procurements

I regularly get calls to review capture strategies for companies competing on “must win” procurements. I have done an equal number of these reviews for companies during the time when they were in their capture phase (before the final request for proposals is released), during their proposal development phase when everyone was working hard to write the winning proposal, and, regrettably, after the company had submitted its proposal and been told that they had lost their “must win” deal. Often these procurements are for contract recompetes, where the company is the incumbent contractor performing the work. There is a common thread among all of these reviews—incumbent contractors all too often focus on the wrong strategies. I thought I would share some of these losing strategies with you in the hope that you don’t take your next “must win” recompete down the same losing path. 1. They love us Every incumbent contractor,...

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Winning solutions begin with a winning proposal team

Crafting a winning solution is an intellectual challenge, but it is also a team challenge. No proposal is won by an “I”; all are won by a team. Yet no matter how many masterminds you assemble, the proposal team is often its own worst enemy. As a proposal or capture manager, how many times have you thought you did everything right? You develop the win strategy, win themes and discriminators; shred, outline and storyboard the RFP; pick solid teaming partners and issue data calls; and assemble a team of experts to architect, write and review…only to result in a color team draft that offers a non-compelling or even non-compliant solution. With a proposal draft that does not reflect the winning vision, what happened? Let’s step back from the proposal solution, and take a look at the team. Proposal teams are short-term, often hastily assembled, and face enormous time constraints. People...

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