When it comes to managing the bid process where a number of parties are involved, controlling the number of versions in circulation is crucial. So how is this done effectively?
I’ve recently worked on a bid where there were a number of external parties to the project; each with their own style of writing, and each with their own approach. We needed to be sure the correct document was in circulation at all times, and that the client’s desk didn’t become strewn with a number of ‘latest versions’.
I have to admit, it seemed daunting at the outset – how was this going to be managed without losing vital copy and retaining a professional approach with the client?
I engaged early in the process with the other writers to make sure we were all working to the same process - so that at all times we looked joined up to the client. I discovered there were a number of simple things that we could do to achieve this:
Not only did we achieve the best possible outcome for the client, but as bid writers, we now have new contacts to refer work to, and obtain a second opinion from.
By Bev Hulme, Bid Management Consultant.
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