APMP Orlando Bid Conference – Personal Note from Baskar Sundaram

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Baskar Sundaram

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Dear Friends , 

As I sit down to write this letter to you, my heart is full of mixed feelings. The approaching APMP Orlando conference dates stir up fond memories of joy, friendship, and transformative moments we’ve shared over the years. But this year, I won’t be with you, and the thought leaves me missing you deeply, beyond words. 

As we get closer to the conference, it’s common for both excitement and doubt to grow among the attendees. The real cost of this event isn’t just the monetary expense. It’s the investment of our time, effort, and the dreams we hold. Sometimes, I can’t help but ask, “Is it genuinely worth it?”  

Conference organisers have a knack for striking a good balance, a skill that often leaves me satisfied yet slightly apprehensive. They provide a platform for learning, personal growth, and networking. However, the commercial aspect is impossible to overlook. The value we derive needs to be negotiated between our attendance fee and the financial support provided by the sponsors.

I’ve been to enough Bid Cons to know that the sheer number of different ones can be both good and bad. On one side, you’ll find talks that will excite you, pique your interest, and feed your professional curiosity. But on the other hand, there are a lot of sponsored classes, and this is where we need to be careful.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do think that sponsored talks (nearly half this year if we read the synopsis carefully) can be useful. They often bring attention to new ideas or ways of doing things. But, let’s be honest, they also have a chance of becoming sales pitches. So, my friends, keep this in mind as you move through the maze of sessions: be picky. Remember that there’s a thin but important line between giving information and selling something, and it’s up to us to walk it carefully.

Choose the sponsored talks that really speak to you and make you want to learn more. Don’t be swayed by big claims or impressive presentations. You spent a lot of money on this conference, so it’s important that you get the most out of it.Here are the ones we like best: –
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Even as I write this, I’m thinking about how gatherings affect people’s minds. Stats show that only 30% of what we learn at such events sticks with us. But should that keep us from going? Not even close! Because, my friends, the point of these meetings isn’t just to get knowledge. It’s to build relationships, find inspiration, and gain a broader view of things. 

So, when you walk into the conference halls or communal areas, I encourage you to make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and soak up the ideas that are all around you. Listen to the stories, take part in the debates, question the status quo, and, most importantly, stay true to your career path. 

As I wrap up, the fact that I’m not here weighs heavily on me. Even though I can’t be there in person, I am with you all in mind and heart. Even though I’m not there, I’m still rooting for you as you try to figure out APMP Orlando. I can’t wait to hear your stories, what you’ve been through, and what you’ve done well. 

To all my wonderful friends in the proposal world, I hope that your conference is full of not only interesting talks and workshops, but also lots of laughter, smiles, and pure fun. Have an absolutely wonderful conference ! 

Until we meet again, remember that it’s not just what we learn that matters, but also what we remember. 

With love and best wishes, 


Oh, and if by some stroke of luck you happen to bump into the APMP board members, please do pass on my “warm regards”. I’m sure they’ll be delighted to hear from me. 😉

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