Former Maple Leaf Chapter executive member, Alisha Knutson-Preston, attended Bid and Proposal Con 2014 in Chicago and prepared a report that was shared with Maple Leaf Chapter members in June 2014. We wanted to share ideas from it with you again as we prepare for Bid & Proposal Con 2016 in Boston.
How does one make the most of their conference experience?
- Business cards are crucial. For the duration of the conference, exhibitors were set up in one of the ballrooms, providing opportunities to network and learn about skills training and software solutions available for improving proposal processes. This was a great opportunity to make contacts.
- Budget! These conferences are not cheap and if you are covering the costs yourself, things can add up quickly. APMP Bid & Proposal Con Full Conference registration includes the following meals: the Welcome Reception; Thursday: Breakfast, Lunch; Friday: Breakfast, Lunch, APMP Awards Celebration Dinner; Saturday: Breakfast
- Research the city in which the conference is being hosted. There are a couple of evenings that dinner is not provided so it is good to know restaurants and sites in proximity to the hotel.
- Exchange information with your contacts prior to the conference so that when you arrive you will be able to meet up.
- Take the opportunity to attend as many events as you can to get to know people in the proposal community. It is great to have these connections once you leave so that you can stay in touch.
- Take notes - The keynotes and seminars are there for your learning. Any ideas you can generate to take back to your team will prove beneficial. The PowerPoint files that are available after the conference might not get the same message across.
More information on APMP Bid & Proposal 2016 is available on the APMP website.
The Maple Leaf Chapter will be organizing a social event for Chapter members on Friday, May 27 following the conference sessions . Watch for additional information in an email from the Chapter.