Giving you an edge: 5 ways a mentor can help you take your proposal management career to the next level

In this dynamic industry, it’s important to stay sharp. If you’re looking for a way to boost your proposal management career, a mentor might give you the advice and edge you’re looking for.

Here are five situations in which a proposal mentor can help give you perspective and an advantage:

1. You want to become a better leader.

In many situations as a proposal manager, you’re faced with problems only true leadership can overcome. If you’re facing internal challenges or a big, tough bid, a mentor can give you a fresh perspective on approaching your proposal leadership challenges.

2. You want to learn more about your profession.

If you’re a proposal manager in the defense industry, learning from a proposal manager from the finance industry can help you gain new insights to your own proposal process. Across industries, sectors, and even customers, different nuances in each type of proposal mean different ways of approaching value propositions, communicating customer intimacy, and winning the work.

3. You want to gain new perspectives and get fresh ideas.

Everyone has been there at some point or another. You feel like you’re stuck in a rut and need some new ideas to communicate your technical strategy or develop a better visual. Your mentor has different experiences and can help you gain new perspectives on your work.

4. You’re looking to strengthen the knowledge you already have.

You’re a veteran proposal manager. A low PWIN doesn’t scare you, and you have the best local delivery places on speed dial for when your team needs a taco fix. You got to this point in your career because of your relentless dedication to your proposal team and your deep knowledge of your tradecraft. But you also got here because you know there’s more to learn. Your mentor can help you take your professional skills to the next level.

5. You want to know about APMP certification.

The Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) certifies proposal managers at three levels. Your mentor can help you understand the APMP Foundation (APMP-CF), APMP Practitioner (APMP-CP), and APMP Professional (APMP-CPP) certifications, guide you through the process, and help you prepare to take the next step in your career.

The APMP Greater Midwest Chapter’s 2019 mentorship program begins soon! If you’re interested in learning more, join our webinar on Friday, February 15 at 11:30 Central.

Click here to register for the mentorship intro webinar.

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