Apperception and Business Development

Apperception – the mental process by which a person makes sense of an idea by assimilating it to the body of ideas he or she already possesses.

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A vital tool in business development support that builds on the existing knowledge of the Client.

Often starting with the elements a client ‘knows’ is frustrating, however the reason for this approach is “we need to know what you already know but don’t apply”.

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Marketing is a classic aspect of poor associative techniques. The primary reason for marketing is to attract new clients when we discuss it with small business owners. Not really a great use of what ‘you know’!

The reason existing customer buy from you is a great starting point for a marketing strategy. However, use this information to encourage your customer to increase their purchasing from your business. Based on this activity widen out the campaign with your proven formula.

Start with what you know

This applies to bid and tender writing. The Public Sector is required to reveal a great deal of information. We “know” that! Few chose to access this information therefore disadvantaging their tender.

Three things to add to your knowledge base with every tender opportunity:

      • The Buyer
      • The Strategic plans
      • The Outcomes desired

Knowing what the public sector client wants as well as needs enhances the response. For example: Health and Social Care contracts will contiue to expand but the cost of direct care contiues to rise. So the obligation of the public sector remains to provide the best care.

However, most commissioning groups stipulate in their strategic plans that this cost needs to be reduced. The outcomes in the strategic plan indicate that every personal care must include an enablement section so not just care (we know this).

Apperception requires that we associate this need and the extent of the impact required to our response. The response must cover cost reduction throughservice enhancements.

Outcome based apperception

Review the specific requirements, apply what you know and the ideas you have to create the solution.

Using words like “holistic” “person-centred” and “individualised” conjuer up the idea you have, but use evidence of what you do, what you know and link these to the desired outcomes, results improve.

Service and Support

Winning tenders requires an understanding of the sector and combining the specification response with the evidence of delivery.

However, the use of tender writing to support business development enables business owners to achieve sustainable growth using our total business support packages.

Social Care providers need to adjust their service delivery strategy to meet the demands of the growing pressure, contact us for more information and build on your existing knowledgebase.

Bidding Tips #4 – Writing

Writing is easy for some, difficult for others but writing winning tenders remains challenging for all!

As a result of of this let’s look at three key aspects:-

  • Style
  • Structure
  • Content

It is easy to confuse all, however, it is important to know the difference.

Writing Style

Described as the narrative aspect of the response Style is the basic component in a Bid or Tender.

To neglect style indicates loss of focus on the buyer, therefore the same style doesn’t suit every application process.

Keeping the information relevant to the reader depends of adjusting the approach to meet the buyer’s specification.

Tip 1 –

use a reflective style in responding to the opportunity. Where the specification uses very short sentences and paragraphs, few multi-syllable words and word pictures, respond in the same way.

More expansive specification content and the inclusion of reference points, data sources and guidelines does indicate the buyer is looking for synergy.

Tip 2 –

adopt “one voice” when responding. This ensures that the answers flow. Individual contributions require editting everytime.

Example:

A Construction Company requested support following 12 months of failing to secure 1 of the 30 opportunities they bid for.

We asked the Buyers for their feedback in other words we found out why specific bids failed.

Reviewing the scoring trends the same parts of the response scored poorly. Common factor two senior managers refused to allow junior staff to edit their content.

This immediately changed and they were successful.

Lesson – Carry on repeating the same error and it is the same result.

Conclusion – style counts and it takes time to master

Structure

Opportunities always arrive with clear guidance. Failing to study the guidance leads to issues with bid and tender structure.

Cataloguing or Indexing are classic issues. As a buyer it was common to have bids and tenders returned with the requests on structure, format and file attachments totally ignored.

When there are a lot of responses structural issues with bids cause them to be ignored.

Structured answers generate better scores. Where the buyer has created a composite question answer in the same order. If this requires some repetition that works.

The question has been asked in that format for a specific reason.

Consequently structure your answer:-

Tip 3 –

Statement, reason, evidence and justification statement.

This lets the Buyer know you understood the question, your reason for responding this way based on the evidence you have provided. The final statement reinforces the competence.

┬áTip 4 –

Create a clear format for evidence. This ensures that the buyer gets the point. Fluid evidence reduces the potential for scoring.

Content

Verbage, redundant words and irrelevant page fillers create confusion consequently resulting in poor scoring opportunities.

Therefore, a lack of white space, total text, prevents the reader from absorbing the information and reduces the likelihood that everything is read thoroughly.

Charts for chart sake and the same with pictures fail to enhance the document. They may look pretty and break up the page. However, chose with care.

Above all use:

  • Short sentences.
  • Short papragraphs.
  • Clear answers.

Hiding the response in words is a classic content issue. Clarity, Brevity and Relevance are the best editing tools on content.

Tip 5-

Edit content with two questions – does it answer the question? is it relelvant to the response.

The bid and tender writers working with our clients ensure that the content, structure and style present the appropriate picture of competence, capacity and capability.

Tip 6 –

Consequently, word redundancy, wasted content and long paragraphs are distracting, keep it short and clear. If you can say it in 100 words then do!

Hands On workshops

Therefore the Spring Masterclasses and Tender Writing workshops are designed to explore aspects of this subject in depth. Join us for the “hands on” workshops in London, Birmingham and the South West.

Contact us for the next dates.

Ontogenesis – Ontogeny

Ontogeny releasing total growth

Ontogenesis –┬áthe development of an individual organism [business] or anatomical or behavioural feature from the earliest stage to maturity.

A word that describes the process of Business Development.

Ontogeny

Ontogeny

One word that conveys the full meaning of development and growth. As an organic body needs to develop in all aspects, so does a business.

As analysts we disect the whole of the business to understand the impact of development. Isolate the risks, therefore ensuring the planned.

Specifying the order for sustainable growth. Consequently empowering mature business development.

Reason for adjustment

Pidgeonholing a development practice limits the scope of impact. Tender writers win new business, we’re very successful. However, the service impacts on all all aspects of the business.

Ontogenesis desribes the holistic approach. As change occurs in one area it affects another. Therefore, the team address the impact and develop adjustments as required.

Business writing requires that the language used encapsulates meaning, empowers the author and moves the reader to action.

The difference between advertising, marketing and tender writing focuses on the evidence base. Words are our tool.

Impact

Every tender requires an opportunity analysis. Successful bids are deliverable contracts.

Experience contiues to demonstrate that bids based on promises require additional work once contracts are secured.

Using the process of ontogenesis – the whole business development model – clients are prepared for expansion. Consequently the alterations in practice are minimal.

Policy Audits

A critical review process of every policy linked to a tender or development plan requires objectivity. Additionally, honesty.

Off the shelf policy packs are the start. Use procedures and processes to describe how the policy is implemented. Then check it works.

Pricing

Flawed development stems from poor pricing!

Hourly rates calculated by undercutting the competition create complications in development.

Pricing of products based on apparent market rates for similar products are unsustainable.

The uncertainty created requires an immediate remedy. Therefore, be ready to change.

Additionally make acurate pricing a priority

Staffing

“The Business out grew the staff” or “we needed other skills” indicates a need for more effective staff development and training tools.

Staffing requirements always change, develop a flexible, learning and progressive core before it becomes a crisis.

Customer Loyalty

Repeat business is essential, however, new business fuels development.

Therefore:

Define new business

– previous clients or customers that return to buy more of the same are valuable. However, when they buy additional products and services they are investing in your growth.

Up sell other products and services. Ensure advice is impartial and in the best interests of the customer. They trust you, like and want to do business with you.

Allow the customer to choose.

Conclusion

Consequently, Ontogeny is the whole process of development. Working with our team unlocks all the areas of development, creating the sustainable platform for growth.

Call or contact us to discuss how Ontogenesis releases the potential.