Tag Archives: RFP

Proposal Writing: How to Analyze the Buyer’s Mindset

In theory, responding to an RFP should be a simply task. As each RFP has a fixed set of requirements you, the bidder, should simply have to answer these in order to be considered. Download Now for only $19.99 [ Learn more about these Proposal Templates ] Proposal Writing: how to analyze the buyer’s mindset Let consider the […]

Free Tools for creating PDF Versions of Word files

I often get asked if there is a FREE tool for creating PDF versions of Word files. Or any MS Office files for that matter! So, here is a roundup of some of the best freeware and shareware products our there. 1. PDF Creator: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ This works like a printer in Windows. In other words, […]

4 Mistakes in the Vendor Selection Process

Matthew Gnabasik in his book “Smart Choices: Selecting and Administering A Safe 401(k) Plan” provides some good advice on common mistakes in the vendor selection process. Download Now for only $19.99 [ Learn more about these Proposal Templates ] The 401kHelpCenter.com site have paraphrased some of them. Not Asking Enough Tough Questions: You decide to ask for […]

[Checklist] RFP Proposal Bid / No Bid

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently on Bud Porter-Roth’s site. It’s hard to find anything better when it comes to offering practical and informative proposal writing techniques. Unlike many pretenders, when you read Bud’s material, you know that this man definitely knows what he’s talking about. And while I’ve read—and re-read—several of his […]

Proposal Writing Course – Lesson #5: Writing a Request For Proposal

Writing a Request for Proposal (also called an Invitation To Tender) is hard work. After you have polished the final draft and sent it out, the next step is to wait for the proposals to come back in. If you’re working on a large tender, you can sometimes expect 20,30, 50 or even hundreds of […]

Proposal Writing Course – Lesson #4: Understanding the Tender Opening Process

Government contracting is big business. Companies invest considerable resources into their bids and depend on winning contracts to support their business. To keep the tendering process more transparent, there is now formal tender opening procedures where the tenders are officially opened. For Europe Union contracts, this process often occurs in public to ensure that all is […]

Proposal Writing Course – Lesson #3: Pre-writing Tactics

Proposal writers often write at high-speed, under intense pressure to complete the bid on time, while ensuring the all aspects of the response are in agreement with the mandatory RFP guidelines. Not an easy task! In such situations, mistakes are bound to happen. Even more significantly, such working conditions compromise the quality of the bid. […]

Proposal Writing Course – Lesson #2: Are you Proposing a Solution or a Product?

Successful proposals place the emphasis on the client’s needs rather than on your abilities, technology, or experience, regardless of their technical merit. [ Learn more about these Proposal Templates ] Novice proposal writers tend to hype their own products/services and relegate the client’s needs to second place For example, a proposal for a Content Management system would […]

Proposal Writing Course – Lesson #1 How to Write Customer-Focused Proposals

For proposal writers, the task of responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) can be quite daunting. In addition to the pressure of getting the best proposal in on time, defining an effective approach to the response poses several dilemmas. [ Learn more about these Proposal Templates ] For example, the various proposal team members may argue […]