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In search of bidding’s Esperanto

Nigel Dennis introduces a new concept of International Bidding Culture (IBC) – focussed on professional behaviours and values like respect, timeliness, quality, honesty and empathy. Thanks to Bid Solutions for inviting Nigel to be one of 15 global bidding experts to contribute an article to Issue 12 of Bidding Quarterly Magazine.

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Decarbonisation in tendering – who leads and who follows?

Our thanks to Barrett Consulting for inviting BidWrite Director David Lunn to contribute this piece to their latest annual 12 Sales Trends report. There’s a common buyer and seller challenge; climate change. It’s the same challenge faced by everyone. When it comes to decarbonisation, buyers and sellers both have a responsibility to lead.

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A tender story on babies and bids

In late 2019, Senior Bid Consultant Nicole Coleman added a ‘mum’ feather to her cap. Now, after several months back in the BidWrite chair, she’s had time to reflect on balancing bids and a baby – describing some valuable parenting lessons and how they apply equally well to the practice of bidding.

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B2B buying and selling in our ‘new normal’

How are procurement professionals adapting to the ‘new normal’ and what can B2B selling organisations do to respond? Tendering processes have always involved uncertainty and this has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. We explore the challenges of the current procurement climate and outline what sellers can do to embrace ‘certain uncertainty’.

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Does humility have a place in tendering?

‘Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way…’ sang Mac Davis back in 1980. In a few recent bid strategy development sessions I have come to wonder if the spirit of Mac is alive and well… given the prevalent and almost unassailable C-suite view that tenders are primarily an opportunity to harp on about benefits, expertise and ‘value’.

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Soccer, Bidding and Eating Frogs

Ever wondered how applying a fundamental soccer strategy can ensure you maintain momentum when writing a winning bid? Lillian Curthoys explains the peculiar, yet pertinent similarities she draws between a high stakes soccer game and a complex bid writing scenario, plus whether ‘eating a frog’ might help or hinder the process.

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Although there are strong parallels between law and bid consulting, no two things are ever truly the same. Jack Lio reveals how his former law career has helped with his role as a bid consultant. He also suggests a few things his previous profession could learn from his current and often misunderstood one.

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A lesson on trust from my grandmother

Many underestimate the important role trust plays in the tendering process. But what does trust really mean and how can we build it? Weaving a personal tale and recent HBR research, Rob Cook explores the three drivers of trust and shows how they can be used as a work winning checklist across different levels of the tendering process.

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Time Zone Challenges – Can They Actually Benefit Proposal Staff?

In one of 20 international contributions to this edition of Bidding Quarterly, arranged around the theme of Father Time, Nigel Dennis explores the challenges posed when working across multiple time zones, offering a number of practical suggestions to protect staff well-being – a very important topic given the upheaval of the last 18 months.

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A Pragmatist’s View on Executive Summaries

It’s ironic that executive summaries are one of the first items read by tender evaluators. Yet contrary to best practice guidance, we often find that it’s one of the last submission items written. David Lunn explores the interplay between theory and practice, offering a number of practical solutions to ensure that your next executive summary is as effective as possible.

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