With BPC NOLA around the corner, you might be wondering how to make the most of this event. APMP’s Bid and Proposal Con (BPC) is a three-day conference tailored for professionals involved in proposals, bids, tenders, business development, and capture processes across business, federal, municipal, and academic sectors. This global event attracts industry experts eager to share tested information, proven strategies, and best practices to help you write, produce, and manage successful proposals, ultimately increasing win rates.

What Attendees Gain:

  • Hands-on education & certification
  • Insightful content from industry leaders, top companies, and keynote speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Inspiring presentations and discussions

Here are my top tips to ensure you have a productive and enjoyable experience at BPC NOLA 2024:

  1. Plan Your Schedule

Start with Certification Day. APMP Bid Con is the perfect place to receive expert guidance for your certifications from renowned professionals like Tony Birch, Cathy Day, Jon Williams, Beth Wingate, and others.

Review the conference agenda in advance. With so many presentations and abstracts, pre-select the sessions that interest you the most to avoid feeling overwhelmed on the spot. Support emerging leaders by attending their sessions and showing encouragement.

Here are a few sessions from my industry friends that you might enjoy:

  1. Secrets to Getting Cooperation, Support and “Buy-in” from Key Individuals: from Team Members and Subject Matter Experts to Senior Management – Cynthia Bruce CF APMP
  2. Lessons on Proposal Writing from ISO’s Plain Language Standards – Samantha Enslen CP APMP, Fellow
  3. Mentoring Matters: Creating a Culture of Mentorship Within Your Proposal Team – Bruce Farrell APMP Fellow, Mike Parkinson CPP APMP, Fellow
  4. Do You Know If Your BD, Capture or Proposal Career is a Fizzle or a Sizzle? – Len Miller CF APMP
  5. The Lion King: Succession Planning and Leadership Transition – Brenda Crist CPP APMP Fellow
  6. Breaking Into the United States Government Bidding Cycle – Anita Wright CPP APMP Fellow
  7. Scoring Proposal Strengths Through the Eyes of the Evaluator – Bruce Morton APMP Fellow
  8. Selling Your Proposal Management Superpowers – Alexa Ramsey CP APMP
  9. Effective Practices for Partnering with Proposal Consultants – Ginny Carson CPP APMP, Gary Hyzer CF APMP
  10. Wordman’s Microsoft Word Workshop – Dick Eassom CF APMP
  11. Should we be Chasing This? Enabling Bid/No-Bid Decisions Through Intentional Analysis – Steve Skeldon CP CAP APMP
  12. Embracing the Future : The Power of Generative AI and the Edge for Early Adopters – Sean Williams
  13. High Functional Hybrid: Developing Winning Proposals with a Remote Workforce – Lauren Kahn, Samantha Fitzsimmons

There is also a slew of expert speakers like  Carrie Jordan CF APMP, Martha Swift CF APMP, Katy Sykes CPP APMP, Angela Kowalewski, Heather Kirkpatrick CP CAP APMP, Jeff Riley CF APMP, Melissa Cummings CP APMP, John Quinn CF APMP and many more presenting as well. Don’t miss these including many sponsor sessions. 


  1. Clear Your Calendar

Block out the conference dates and free up your schedule to focus solely on the event. Clearing your “social calendar” beforehand will allow you to be fully present.

  1. Research the Location

BPC NOLA 2024 is held in a fantastic location. Research the area, identify tourist spots, and plan to visit them during your free time. Familiarize yourself with the hotel amenities, restaurants, and recreational facilities.

  1. Be Fully Prepared

Prepare a list of essentials to bring: laptops, chargers, business cards, and any demo products or presentations. These events are prime opportunities to meet potential clients and business partners.

  1. Be an Active Participant

Engage actively in sessions. Ask questions if you need more information or clarification. Make the most of this learning opportunity.

  1. Take Notes

Jot down key points during talks and after conversations. The wealth of information can be overwhelming, so note-taking is crucial to retain valuable insights.

  1. Manage Existing Connections

Use the conference to strengthen your current professional relationships. Meet up with clients and associates attending the event.

  1. Network

Expand your network by meeting new people. Introduce yourself to those around you during sessions and breaks. Exchange contact information to build and maintain new professional relationships.

  1. Attend Evening Events

Evening events offer a relaxed environment to build relationships and catch up with attendees you missed during the day.

  1. Make Time for Yourself

Ensure you schedule some personal time to relax and recharge, keeping your energy levels up throughout the conference.

  1. Set Up The Golden Hour

Review your notes, list actionable takeaways, and plan how to implement them when you return to work. Monitor your progress based on this list.

  1. Follow Up

Post-conference, connect with new contacts on LinkedIn, set up meetings, and nurture the relationships you’ve built.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll have a fulfilling experience at BPC NOLA 2024. Wishing all attendees a fantastic conference filled with learning, networking, and enjoyment. A big thanks to all APMP Board MembersAPMP Chapter leaders, and volunteers for organizing such a stellar event. Looking forward to reconnecting with friends and attending the exceptional sessions.


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