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CONFERENCE: Proposal Writing Conference Boasts Of Leading Speakers


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A local conference focusing on proposal writing skills and bid best practices is boasting a duo of world-beating international speakers including one who has assisted her clients win more than $10 billion in business.

The first Annual Association of Project Management Professionals conference in South Africa takes place on Wednesday, 20th October 2010 at EOH, Gillooly’s View Office Park in Bedfordview, Gauteng.

It has been organised by the local chapter of the APMP to expose members and potential members to international and local proposal gurus, as well as provide an opportunity for them to network with other proposal professionals.

“In our profession, finding ways to solve our clients’ problems in a more effective and efficient manner translates to more business and improved profit performance,” said local chapter chair, Sandy Pullinger.

“We therefore encourage anyone who is involved in the preparation of sales documents such as proposals and bids to join us to learn from others and listen to leaders discussing the latest trends and issues in the world of proposals.”

The programme and international line-up of speakers includes:
• Writing Winning Proposals Master Class – Jon Williams, one of the world’s leading speakers on proposal management who works in 25 countries around the world and is the co-author of ‘The Proposal Guys’ (
• ‘Proposal Pictionary’ – Colleen Jolly, owner of 24 Hour Company, a global professional proposal graphic and production company that has won more than $10-billion in business for its clients.
• ‘This Old Proposal: A DIY Guide to Proposal Graphics’ – Colleen Jolly

South Africa’s only APMP Proposal Professional Member, Chris Rademeyer of Deloitte’s Southern African Tender Office, will also address delegates; his topics deals with team burnout. Finally, a panel discussion entitled ‘Why you didn’t win – A procurement manager’s perspective’ will provide an interesting and lively dialogue between seasoned procurement managers.

“Both seasoned professionals and novices can benefit from exposure in this learning environment,” said Pullinger. “Hear from the other side of the fence and find out what we do wrong that loses us tenders – and what to do in future that will help us bid to win.”

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