GMC is proud to offer monthly professional development through our Monthly Webinar Series. Our monthly webinars cover a variety of topics related to business development, capture and proposal management, industry best practices, graphics and presentation design, innovative technology, career advancement, writing and editing, and much more!
Links to all of our 2020 webinars can be found below. For older webinars, click here to visit our webinar archive (members only, password protected).
And best of all, members who attend our webinars are eligible to receive 1 CEU towards maintaining APMP certification.
June Webinar: Writing Chunky (Not Funky) Proposal Copy
Please register for GMC Chapter Webinar, Writing Chunky (Not Funky) Proposal Copy, at 10:30 am CST on Thursday, 25 June at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4631358887804639503
“I love reading super-dense copy, written in 10-point type, with 0.5-inch margins” SAID NO ONE EVER. And by no one, I mean your evaluators.
In this session, we’ll talk about how to create proposal content that’s easy to read and evaluate. We’ll discuss how to:
- Measure the readability of your copy
- Break content into easily digestible “chunks”
- Slim down sentences and paragraphs
- Create content that evaluators read faster, understand better, and remember longer.
Samantha runs Dragonfly Editorial, a creative agency based in Dayton, Ohio, with customers around the world. Dragonfly’s writers are known for explaining complex topics clearly, whether they’re writing proposals, marketing communications, or thought leadership pieces. Her team works with customers in finance, IT, healthcare, engineering, and beyond.
Sam is the former editorial manager at CSC and former contributing editor to The Editorial Eye. She is vice president of The Society for Editing and spent 7 years as managing editor of Tracking Changes, the society’s quarterly journal. Sam has received multiple awards for her writing and in 2020 was named a Fellow of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals.
At home, Sam has three children, ages 17 to 10. Her husband, Greg, is a fiction writer who pens the Frank Harper mystery series, set in a fictional Ohio town much like the one they live in.
May Webinar: Skim-ability
Presented by Dave Seibert
Almost nobody reads a proposal cover to cover, but almost everybody skims it. Accepting and embracing this fact, our job as proposal writers is to do everything we can to make our proposals easy for them to skim. In this webinar, you will learn about six ways to make your proposals easy to skim and understand. If a reader can skim your proposal, and still understand your message, you just leapfrogged past the competition.
Dave Seibert is a business development professional specializing in formal procurements from other businesses, state and local government agencies, A/E/C firms, and schools. His recently published book, Proposal Best Practices, discusses the most important writing, process, and business development best practices for small to midsize businesses operating in this segment.
Dave founded The Seibert Group in 2001. The Cincinnati-based Seibert Group provides proposal training, consulting, and writing services throughout the US and Canada.
April Webinar: Navigating Leadership in the Proposal Management World
Presented by Heather Finch
Whether you lead a proposal team as a people manager or keep the wheels turning in your proposal shop as an individual contributor, it’s no secret that our profession brings many challenges, including burnout, role ambiguity, and roadblocks on the path to career development. In this session, we will examine these issues from the perspectives of both leaders hoping to maximize the potential of their team and proposal managers seeking to get the most out of the relationship with their supervisor. You’ll come away with real proposal world tips on how to start having the conversations that matter to help develop your team or your career.
Heather first encountered the acronym “RFP” when seeking ways to diversify funding sources for a human services company in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since. Since then, she’s moved on to lead proposal teams in both the commercial and government sectors, refining processes and developing efficiencies along the way.
February Webinar (recording)
Things I Wish Proposal Writers Knew About Word
Microsoft Word. A seemingly easy tool to use, but a tool with many features and optimal ways of using those features to assist our proposal development activities. If only your authors knew the dangers of cut and paste. What do you mean, use the “styles”? How to deploy proposal templates. That’s not how you make a hanging indent! And other mysteries! Based on years of having to incorporate author content into winning proposals, this webinar will show some basics (and some not so basics) on how Word works and how authors can help– not hinder– proposal development.
Dick Eassom, aka Wordman, is a Vice President of Corporate Support at SMA, Inc., and presenter at 16 APMP Annual International Conferences on using Microsoft Word for proposal development. Dick authored over 40 articles for the APMP Journal and “Wordman’s Production Corner” in the APMP Perspective, and has over 25 years’ experience developing and leading proposals of all shapes and sizes to a wide variety of market sectors in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. He is a certified APMP Fellow, past APMP Chief Executive Officer, recipient of the APMP Founders’ Award, Past Chair of the APMP California chapter, and proud member of the chapter’s Mentor program. Learn more about him: www.iamwordman.com.
Refresh Your Writing Skills with Ashley Kayes, CP APMP
This web-based, interactive workshop walks proposal professionals through the basics of narrative structure and then targets specific proposal best practices, including developing strong section theme statements, editing for clarity and conciseness, and quantifying proof points where practical.
Currently a Senior Proposal Consultant with AOC Key Solutions, Inc. (KSI), Ashley has over 12 years of proposal experience, including serving as a proposal specialist, proposal coordinator, proposal writer, and proposal manager. She has a Master’s degree in English concentrating in Professional Writing and Editing, holds a practitioner level certification through APMP, and was recognized as a member of the APMP 2018 class of 40 Under 40. Ashley is an active contributor to the KSI blog and led the effort to update and publish the KSI Advantage © Capture and Proposal Guide. Additionally, Ashley manages a professional blog, Proposal Reflections, which features articles aimed at fostering business development, capture, and proposal success.