Overcoming Proposal Writer’s Block

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The proposal clock is ticking, pressure is building as the deadline is getting closer, and soon the stress becomes palpable. But you still have a hard time squeezing the words from your or your proposal team’s brains down on paper. You produce something by the deadline, because you have to. But you know that if you had produced the same proposal document earlier, you would have a chance to make it so much better and much more likely to win, because you would have the time to polish the draft.

In this one-hour class, you will learn nearly two dozen techniques for combating the proverbial “writer’s block” to help you and your proposal team get through your writing much faster with a lot less stress.

Perhaps there are days when you feel inspired to write, but most of the time writing is torture. One hour later, you have one paragraph written, and the rest of the proposal section does not appear any faster. Or, perhaps you are a proposal manager whose job is to get section inputs from multiple writers. When the inputs don’t appear, you have to do all the writing yourself. You wonder what you could do to help your team produce, so that you don’t have to continue spending sleepless nights rewriting others’ work. If you recognize yourself, and you are a proposal manager, technical writer, or a subject matter expert who often contributes to proposals, this free webinar is for you.

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olessia-new-smallOlessia Smotrova-Taylor, CF.APMP Fellow,
president and CEO of OST Global Solutions, Inc., has more than 20 years of experience in business development, communications, and marketing, including more than 15 years in contract capture and proposal management. She led winning bids for four out of five top Government contractors, winning more than $20 billion over the course of her career. She is the author of the book How to Get Government Contracts: Have a Slice of $1 Trillion Pie. She also consults and teaches others how to get contracts with the Government and large commercial organizations, as well as developing processes, tools, and Bid & Proposal Academy courses that enhance business developers’ abilities to win business. She has taught a graduate course at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and provided training to Treasury and NASA. She has served for two years as the President of the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA) Bethesda/Medical Chapter, and for 2 years as the President of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) National Capital Area Chapter. She is recognized as an APMP Fellow for her contributions to the field of capture and proposals – the highest honor in the business development profession. Prior to supporting hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and small businesses as a proposal consultant and growing OST, she worked as a business developer for Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, and wrote for the Financial Times of London.

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