Answering Calls for Proposals

Answering Calls for Proposals

It’s Day 327 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I spent it answering Calls for Proposals. Well, technically I prepared to answer them…If you’re anything like me six years ago, you may not know what the term means. Though I’d spoken publically my whole life and was a presenter and trainer, I’d never heard of a Call for Proposals, which is synonymous with Request for Proposals (RFP), until one went out at work around conference time. It’s basically when a proposal is solicited by an agency or company seeking to secure a commodity or service. In regards to presenting, it’s when said agency, company or organization is looking for conference or event speakers. There are usually topic parameters and speakers either a) create a new presentation or b) tweak an existing one to make it a fit. The emcee from Disrupt HR Cincinnati where I spoke last week forwarded an RFP for a women’s conference focused on mentoring and I worked on Option B all day and only have to film a three minute video of the presentation to submit. Then I received a second forwarded email from an agency where I used to work with a second RFP around powerful leadership. Thankfully, I already had something else that could be subjected to Option B as well. Otherwise, it would take me a few weeks to answer both calls for proposals!


As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose speaker, I’m excited to submit these RFPs and feel rewarded because the intensive time, labor and effort that went into creating something to fill in for someone at the eleventh hour (the 20 slide Keynote deck was a mini-RFP) last week has already yielded a few speaking opportunities. I’m also hopeful that the job well done for four years when I worked as a Training Consultant and Leadership Coach who wrote and presented dozens of workshops will serve me well now. I LOVE presenting and poured my heart and soul into each, which was reflected in the outstanding feedback I consistently received from participants. And finally, I’m really glad I don’t have to start from scratch – Option A – to pull together these RFPs. Instead, I can draw from the extensive body of work I’ve already created. Mentoring, which is closely tied to coaching, and leadership are definitely in my wheelhouse! I hope to become a SME (Subject Matter Expert) in both…Even so I’ve got more work in front of me than I can shake a stick at! Good thing I’m up to it and more than willing to answer the Calls for Proposals.

Have you ever been Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and answered a Call for Proposal? Would you? What topics are in your wheelhouse? What are your areas of expertise? If you think about it ahead of time, and are on the lookout, you’ll be ready to maximize the opportunity and respond to the next Call for Proposals yourself. You never know what other doors it may open for you…

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach


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