Developing Risks and Performing Risk Burndown Analysis

Developing Risks and Performing Risk Burndown Analysis

The more novel your solution—the more your risk identification and mitigation strategy must show considerate and detailed analysis Experienced business developers must apply thorough risk burndown analysis to lessen exposures and overcome customer objections to unique...
How to Win Government Contracts: Nailing Your Proposal

How to Win Government Contracts: Nailing Your Proposal

Your chances of crafting a winning proposal will improve if you apply a disciplined process that ensures you address all of the requirements and customer needs. Veteran proposal managers know the process cold. They’ve been there, done that. As one of our colleagues...
How to Develop Strong Win Themes For Your Proposal

How to Develop Strong Win Themes For Your Proposal

Win Themes Are Reasons to Buy—But Are They Your Customer’s Reasons? Experienced proposal managers know that proposal win themes are the key benefits you’re bringing to the customer’s RFP. But as so often happens in the haste of proposal development, win themes can be...
Federal Proposal Editing: Here’s What You Missed

Federal Proposal Editing: Here’s What You Missed

Proposal managers often get to wear different hats. I am stating the obvious, I know. We do not always get to stand back and orchestrate the overall effort of a winning proposal. Often we have to also get down in the trenches and perform last-minute capture management, fill out pricing and contractual forms, write the technical sections when the Subject Matter Experts are unavailable, and dare I say we even have to edit the proposal after we have written most of it ourselves.

Editing begins early in the proposal writing process and continues throughout the lifecycle, but no matter what stage you are pulled in to edit, it is a distinct task in a proposal’s lifecycle that requires a specific skill set. Editing includes cutting and strengthening text for readability and impact, bringing consistency to diverse materials, achieving a “single voice” in a proposal, and even making your writing sing.

Brainstorming the Blank Proposal Page

Brainstorming the Blank Proposal Page

The Catch-22 of Government Proposal Graphics Too often, the central graphic that supports the benefit and the win theme of a proposal section is the last thing the author thinks about. Why? Proposal managers and volume leads might not regard themselves as visual...
3 Ways to Become a Better Federal Proposal Writer

3 Ways to Become a Better Federal Proposal Writer

A proposal is a sales document. It’s not a technical paper, a white paper, or a point paper. When you create a proposal, you must convince your client to buy from your company. A professional proposal writer needs to demonstrate mastery of knowledge, expertise, and...