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Proposal Lone Ranger: Phrase Express. I am always on the hunt for tools and apps that make my job easier. Today I found out about a program that is perfect for proposal professionals - PhraseExpress. This nifty program helps manage repetitive text and has some amazing features that I will be taking advantage of. It works across any of your applications that requires typing - Microsoft Office, email, and Internet Explorer....

The Collected Nonsense of The Accidental Proposal Manager. It was roughly this time last year when I first wrote about my experiences with no good vacations going unpunished. Perhaps it is because Idared to discuss such a subject publically that I have, in just the last six weeks, been punished for yet another good vacation.....

The Compleat Proposaler: Let's Talk Loss… We all hate it. The words are killers. "We lost......" Losing depresses, de-energizes, saps, demotivates, and just makes us feel terrible. But there is value in losing...on occasion. We can't win all the time. Losing is simply a part of competing.It’s what we do with the loss that makes a difference. One way to respond to a loss is to go the depression route and crawl in a hole and hope you perish...

CEO/COO Forum: Looking Back at 2012 and Starting 2013 Activities.As we end 2012 and continue planning for 2013, I’d like to take a quick look back at everything we accomplished in 2012. Sincere thanks to 2012 CEO Amy McGeady for your leadership and able management this year. We accomplished so much for the association, beginning with our first 2012 APMP Board of Directors meeting in February 2012 in Dallas, TX where we met to get to know each other and develop a common understanding of our goals and priorities for 2012...

Ask the Graphics Guru: Top 5 Executive Summary Secrets. Imagine you are driving to an important client meeting. Without warning the car in front of you stops. You slam on your brakes, causing the coffee in your hand to spill and soak your shirt. It's 1:40 p.m.; your meeting is at 2:00 p.m. You continue to the client's office wondering how to clean your dirty shirt. You pull up to their building and notice a clothing store on the first floor. Relieved, you quickly park your car, and run in to find a replacement shirt...
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An American Abroad: Top 7 Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Being a Woman in Business My generation has benefited tremendously from all the courageous women and men who came before us and created a path for women to not only enter the professional workforce but also to excel. We have made great strides in the US and abroad with women holding positions of power and influence in major multinational corporations, politics, and in religious organizations...

Introducing Accreditation Headquarters (A:HQ): Learn How to Complete Your PPAQ. We now offer an easy-to-follow online training program specifically designed to help proposal, bid and other business development professionals complete their Proposal Practitioner Assessment Questionnaire (PPAQ) for APMP's Practitioner Level Accreditation. The tutorial is available over the web, 24/7, so participants can work through the PPAQ at their own pace...

Wordman's Production Corner: Table Styles. Before Microsoft introduced table styles in Word 2002, part of Office XP, you had to format your tables manually. This became laborious for table designs with alternating row banding, a popular table design in proposal templates. Table styles allow you to rapidly format tables to match your proposal template, including alternating row banding, header rows, etc. However, as we shall see later in this article, table styles, while very effective, do have a few weaknesses....
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