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How to Win Over Proposal Evaluators: Four Strategies to Score Higher

By Ashley Kayes on Dec 20, 2018

Earlier this year we discussed how proposals are scored, not read. However, the truth of the matter is that evaluators do evaluate and score submitted proposals. Therefore, as bidders looking to win work, we should aim to make the evaluators’ jobs as painless as possible.

Here are four easy ways to make your proposal narrative more evaluator-friendly:

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How To Respond to A Large Statement of Work

By Ellen Perrine on Dec 12, 2018

It seems that the trend in Requests for Proposals (RFPs) these days is to provide prospective offerors with a voluminous Statement of Work (SOW) or Performance Work Statement (PWS) and then give them minimal page count in which to address it in the proposal.

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How to Write A Compelling Executive Summary [GUIDE]

By Harry Pritchett on Nov 8, 2018

You have just been tasked with writing the executive summary for a must-win proposal. The stakes are high, the pressure is real, and the scrutiny will be intense. Here are 8 tips for writing a clear, concise, and persuasive document.

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The Ultimate Proposal Playlist

By Sara Freeman Marchetto on Sep 27, 2018

We all have jams that amp us up. You know, the songs that get us up and moving no matter how tired we are. With all of the ups and downs that Proposal Professionals face on a daily basis, we decided to create a playlist to keep you motivated and smiling! 

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Turn Unsubstantiated Claims in Your Proposal into Credible Proof Points for a Higher Win Rate

By Ellen Perrine on Jul 16, 2018

An unsubstantiated claim in a proposal is a statement about any of your company’s capabilities, past experience and performance, product and service features/benefits, and discriminators that is not supported with a proof statement.

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How to Deliver The Perfect Proposal Basket to the Government

By Ellen Perrine on Mar 29, 2018

Spring never fails to remind me of the Easter Bunny and eggs! So, I got to thinking if I wanted to deliver the perfect proposal basket to the government in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP), what are the most important eggs that would go into my basket?

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How to Develop Strong Section Theme Statements For A Proposal

By Ashley Kayes on Mar 8, 2018

People often confuse proposal win themes and section themes. Win themes are those high-level features and benefits that transcend the entire proposal.

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The Seven Cs of Proposal Writing Success

By Ashley Kayes on Jan 30, 2018

It is becoming common knowledge that proposals are scored, not read. But as a writer, you may be compelled to tell the story in your proposal narrative. You may even get internal reviewers who lament over the fact that your proposal just isn’t telling the story well.

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7 Ways Large Contractors Setup a Winning Proposal Process

By Raymond Thibodeaux on Jan 9, 2018

So much about developing proposals to win a government contract, is the scaffolding, the process.

That's where large primes have a decided advantage. They often have "proposal factories" of their own with well defined proposal processes and trained dedicated resources such as capture and proposal managers, technical writers, and graphics artists who can churn out proposals like Willy Wonka churns out Wonka bars.

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All I Want For Christmas: A Proposal Writer's Wish List

By Ellen Perrine on Dec 21, 2017

The holidays are fast approaching and Christmas is almost here! 

As a proposal writer who has just completed a long and hard proposal, I got to thinking about what proposal professionals like me might like to receive this holiday season, just in case someone out there with a beard and a red suit wants to know.

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