RFP Resources

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Napoleon Hill

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Creating effective proposals is heavily technology dependent. Following is a list of the technology that I rely on:

Adobe Acrobat DC –

Allows you to merge multiple files into a single deliverable. Also allows you to manipulate .pdf files so that you can efficiently create proposal templates from RFPs.

MS Office –

Word, PowerPoint and Excel are most critical for proposal work.

I work with multiple document collaboration tools. Each client has its own technology standards, but tools that I’ve worked with include:

  • OneDrive

  • Google Drive

  • Dropbox

  • MS SharePoint

  • MS Teams

Professional Resources

The Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) is the worldwide organization that brings together “…professionals dedicated to the process of winning business through proposals, bids, tenders, and presentations.”

APMP provides professional certification, continuing education, and advocacy for the industry. Attending webinars, the APMP-Greater Midwest Chapter Symposium, APMP BidCon and certification workshops have helped me hone my experience into a craft.

I joined ACES two years ago because I was looking for something to support my passion for effective communication. In addition to the annual conference, their continuing education offerings include webinars, certification, and boot camps.

Business Resources

Boldheart Business (affiliate link)

When I started Once Upon an RFP in 2018, I was grateful to learn of the Boldheart Business program. Through Boldheart, I have recipes to follow, mentors, and a tribe of like-minded entrepreneurs to bounce ideas off of. I have also made lifelong friends. I highly recommend their programs.

Joe Donna and Sales Oxygen help companies break through to new revenue thresholds. Clients choose them for their innovative approach to achieving revenue targets.

When you reach out to Joe for the boost your sales organization needs, please let him know I said hi.

Chicago Sales Strategies provides professional, comprehensive Outsourced Sales Management services to smaller enterprises that cannot afford nor need full-time dedicated sales leadership.

Reach out to Rick if you’d like to maximize the effectiveness of your limited sales resources.

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