How Did I Get Here? Taking Risks That Pay Off 

By Rachel Carlson, CF APMP  Making a career change while eight months pregnant during a global pandemic is completely insane... right?   This is the question I asked myself (and anyone around me who would listen) over and over as I considered the state of my career. I had been fundraising for non-profit organizations for nearly 10 years but felt intellectually uninspired and socially burnt out. So, before I committed to making a life-altering decision while hopped up on pregnancy hormones...
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The Summer Blues: Why is Burnout Sticking Around? 

Mercedez Thompson, MA, CP APMP, Shipley BDC  This month, I took an entire week off work—an entire week. I’m not talking about the sort of PTO where I check my emails every morning, contribute to Teams chats throughout the afternoon, and return a few of my boss’s texts at dinner. I’m talking off-the-grid, couldn’t-reach-me-if-you-wanted-to PTO. Naturally, upon my return, I was sunkissed, refreshed, and ready to win something big. Right?  Wrong.  Instead of feeling for...
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How Did I Get Here? From Greeting Cards to Stellar Proposals 

By Becky Petty, CP APMP  Have you watched the movie Catch and Release? This romantic comedy embodies the phrase “only in the movies.” It was a complete box office bomb but I loved the cliche supporting characters. Kevin Smith (from Jay and Silent Bob) plays a character who writes the short poems and profound messages that Celestial Seasonings prints on tea tags. When the movie was initially released, I was in college studying general marketing and had zero professional goals. This scare...
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Upcoming Lunch & Learn: Designing Proposals That Look like Magazines (July 28) 

By Tony Des Chenes  Please join us for an upcoming Lunch & Learn on July 28! Kati Stutsman will reprise a presentation she recently gave at BPC Dallas on designing proposals like magazines. She will share how her background as a newspaper section editor has influenced the way she manages proposals. Attendees will see real examples of how storyboarding content helps set author/participant assignments and how pre-planning design helps identify opportunities to reinforce win themes.  ...
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Invest in Yourself Through Certification… and By Giving Back to Professionals Just Like You 

By Jen Borucki  My APMP journey started with a random browser inquiry: “RFP Certification.”   Many people I knew were boosting their credentials with certifications and that got me thinking – is there a credential for what I do? To my surprise, there was!  The more I read about APMP and the Foundation Level certification, I knew I needed to join.   That was last August. My little business was facing a new normal that had me exploring next steps. I had b...
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From the Trenches: Certification Anxiety  

By Marcus Hammond, CF APMP To be 100% honest with you: studying for and taking tests is not my strong suit. I start to hyperventilate when I’m sent something as simple as a “What Superhero Are You?” personality test.  I vividly remember sitting for the GRE in college. I did all the things necessary to prep for the standardized test, I went to study groups, and I took practice exams. But on test day, I froze up, freaked out, and utterly flopped.   Fast forward 20 glori...
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How a Content Management System Supports Efficient Proposal Practices and How You Can Get Started

By Pamela Keith  A Content Management System (CMS) is an application with a user-friendly interface that allows users to easily design and develop a knowledge base without ever understanding, writing, or interacting with programming code. In other words, it is sort of freaking AMAZING.  A fully-designed CMS is an organizational asset, especially when it comes to proposal management. A CMS can drastically increase your ability to access content efficiently and effectively for RFP resp...
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Volunteering Provides Life-Long Learning Opportunities and Boosts Career Development 

By Christine Sowinski, MBA, CP APMP  Whether it is raising your hand to lead a challenging effort at your company or donating your time to a non-profit organization in your community, volunteering can enhance your career by providing many benefits… no matter where you are in your career progression. If you are new to the proposal profession or changing industries, you can gain new skills. If you are looking to advance mid-career or planning to retire soon, you can share your knowledge a...
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Make Every Day Memorial Day

By Jen Borucki  This past weekend, we raised our burgers and lemonade (or other beverages) high and saluted the start of an eagerly anticipated summer season. But our celebrations truly pale in comparison to remembering the people who sacrificed everything.  As I was reflecting on the spirit of Memorial Day, I realized we have an opportunity to celebrate the people who built our company’s heritage and legacy every time a proposal leaves our desks.   Take a moment to...
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From the Trenches: I’m Not Here to Make **it Pretty 

By Mercedez Thompson, MA, CP APMP, Shipley BDC Note: This article is an adaptation of a piece originally written for the Zweig Letter  In recent years, we’ve finally seen the efforts of national organizations like APMP—as well as the grassroots work of marketers inside their firms—pay off. Marketing professionals are being recognized for the important role they play in brand awareness and differentiation, business development, proposal management, and client satisfaction. Simply put,...
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