Template and Outline Development
The templates, outline, and compliance matrix are the foundational backbone of your proposal.
We prescribe to the school that outlines against the Proposal Preparation Instructions (in Federal RFPs, this is commonly referred to as Section L).
Failure to develop a compliant outline at the start means the proposal is ripe for sprouting compliance issues throughout the process.
What’s more, we believe it to be best practice to set the outline early, gain consensus, and freeze the outline from any revisions without
We are experts when it comes to building a compliant outline, and have never lost a contract for compliance reasons.
This is a practice we preach at Lighthouse because Angela believes that a great proposal manager should be entrenched in the actual proposal content.
Scheduling meetings, facilitating standups, and checking off boxes may be enough for administrative-type proposal managers.
We work closely with individual authors between the formal color reviews to ensure their content is hitting the mark not only in terms of compliance, but that the win themes and bid strategy are coming through.
Proposal Production, Graphics, and Post-Submission
Often overlooked are the silent heroes who painstakingly edit every word, sentence, and page of our proposals for punctuation and one voice, and those who comb it over for desktop publishing/formatting consistency.
These silent angels seem to perform magic overnight, but they don’t.
It is important for every proposal schedule to allow time for this essential phase of production. We’ve spent months crafting this beautiful story – it should look its best, too!
Lighthouse works with a trusted network of affordable professional editors, desktop publishers, graphic artists, and local printing houses to augment our teams and produce professional proposal products.
Post-Submittal, don’t forget to capture your lessons learned and best practices to implement on the next bid.
Continuous process improvement is vital to any bid team that strives to get better and perfect the process over time.
Looking for a way to make the proposal process run more smoothly, while also producing more compelling content that can lead to a win?
Reviews will be executed smoothly. Feedback will be targeted and actionable. Authors will have the support they need to complete their assignments in line with the win strategy and vision for the proposal.