Preparing tenders and proposals: the pitch, process and presentation

Course summary

This highly practical one-day Preparing tenders writing workshop will prepare you for all aspects of tendering to deliver services and developing fundraising proposals, with a particular emphasis on ‘consultative selling’ techniques. The seminar will also focus on maintaining good client/funder relationships once the contract/funding has been awarded.

CW, Money Advice Trust
“An excellent course. Very interactive and thought provoking.”
KM, Picker Institute
“The course was well structured, really interesting, engaging and helpful. It is the best training I have ever had.”
VF, Eventsforce
“The course was great, I have been given some real takeaways that can be implemented immediately. Howard was excellent at conveying his points.”
AE, Peterborough Environment City Trust
“I learnt a lot of useful skills and picked up lots of tips on how to make my applications more compelling. The course was very useful and covered all the points that I was hoping for. ”
DM, Ministry of Defence
“This was a useful day with plenty of food for thought by the end. I enjoyed the discussions.”

Course dates and location

We can deliver this course virtually for your organisation, on a date and time that suits you. If you have four or more people who would like to attend this course then group training could be the most cost-effective option. Contact one of our Training Coordinators on 020 7490 3030 or email for more information and a quote.

If you would like to attend this course then register your interest with us. Currently, this course is run on request meaning that a date will be scheduled once we have at least three people interested in attending this course.

  • There are no dates available at the moment.

This is an in-depth, one-day course and the content and delivery of the programme is underpinned by first-hand experience in the tendering and proposal-writing business. The day will balance the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, and participants will be involved in case study work, group discussion and self-reflection in order to encourage critical evaluation of different elements of preparing tenders and proposals. The course will cover:

Laying the groundwork

  • what business are we in?
  • what are our unique selling points?
  • who is our competition?
  • SWOT analysis

The Goldilocks place

  • balance of ideas, people and price

The strategy and tactics of bidding

  • key elements of bidding and how to apply them to specific situations
  • reading the RFP – what do they really want and do we want to do it?
  • consultative selling

Writing the Tender or proposal

  • style and structure
  • contents
  • costing your proposal
  • pitfalls to avoid
  • countdown to submission

Presenting the proposal

  • called to interview
  • developing your presentation
  • handling objections
  • getting your messages across
  • competing in the Beauty Parade

Building long term relationships after the contract

  • relationship marketing
  • building long-term partnerships with your customers
  • overcoming problems
  • value-added services

Group assignments, presentations, feedback and final discussion

A year of free support

All our training courses are delivered virtually. The webinar systems used do not require software download.

The course is aimed at those who are responsible for responding to invitations to tender, for preparing proposals, and for overall business development in your organisation. The Centre works with people from all sectors including the public sector, voluntary sector, corporate sector and private sector.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

– make better decisions about which opportunities to pursue
– understand how to assemble all the bid or proposal elements
– have more confidence in formulating a winning proposition
– maximise the opportunities for follow-on funding or repeat business
– increase your chances of success!

The Centre offers a wide range of communication and writing courses. Courses of particular interest may include our one day presentation skills course for beginners or our two day presentation skills course for those more experienced with presenting and public speaking. You may also find the Centre’s Assertiveness training useful.

  • £469 plus VAT not-for-profit price (applies to charities and all other not-for-profit organisations, including public sector and housing)
  • £522 plus VAT standard price (applies to all other organisations)

Book this course

We have a two-tier pricing structure, offering discounted rates to charities and not-for-profit organisations: Not-for-profit price applies to charities and other not-for-profit organisations (including public sector and housing) Standard price applies to all other organisations

If you are requesting a charity discount, we will need your registered charity number

(if so please specify – please note, this information will be kept private and only used to ensure we can support your learning needs on the day(s) of the course)

(e.g. dietary, access, religious)

We will invoice you for your course and this will be sent via email within two working days. Once you have received your invoice, you can pay by BACS, credit card or cheque.

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