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Scribble Talk

Showcasing stories of APMP veterans and the brightest bid & proposal minds in planet earth 

Today's Guest Is Charlotte Rees

Scribble Talk Episode 162 with Charlotte Rees

Charlotte has worked in the bidding profession for nearly a decade, starting her journey as a bid and proposals apprentice for an engineering company. She has worked across several industries including IT services, facilities management and construction, and is currently an Associate Director Bid Manager, working within professional services and property. In 2018, Charlotte founded the Women in Bids and Proposals (WIBAP) community to target gender inequality within the profession and provide a space to share experiences and overcome the challenges we all face on a regular basis.

“Make sure you always follow up on things that you agreed.

In this episode we will discuss Charlotte’s

  • Life and Career
  • Childhood, high school and beginning of career with apprenticeships.
  • Experience with the founding of Women In Bids.
  • Memorable proposals and exciting events scheduled for the upcoming months.
  • People influential in her life and career.
  • Advice to bid and proposal professionals with a dream of balancing passion and work.
  • Next Steps and 

Few fun Qs…. 

Get to know the human side of your proposal professional, Charlotte Rees.

If you're ready to sacrifice who you are, for what you will become, then you will be invited to our show…

Transcript

0.50 : Baskar Sundaram: Hi! You are listening to Scribble Talk, a podcast for bid and proposal professionals. My name is Baskar Sundaram and with my co-host, Ashley Kayes, we will be sitting down with our industry veterans to share their stories, discuss their career, and learn how to make an impact in the industry.

01.18: Baskar Sundaram –  Today’s Guest is Charlotte Rees. Charlotte has worked in the bidding profession for nearly a decade, starting her journey as a bid and proposals apprentice for an engineering company. She has worked across several industries including IT services, facilities management and construction, and is currently an Associate Director Bid Manager, working within professional services and property. In 2018, Charlotte founded the Women in Bids and Proposals (WIBAP) community to target gender inequality within the profession and provide a space to share experiences and overcome the challenges we all face on a regular basis. Wecome to Scribble Talk, Charlotte.

02.12: Baskar Sundaram – Charlotte, let’s go back to very beginning. Where were you born and let’s talk about your high school and education.

05.00: Baskar Sundaram – How was the Apprenticeship? This was Apprenticeship when the word ‘Apprenticeship’ didn’t even exist, right?

06.25: Baskar Sundaram – How was it, working along side people, getting to know bids and proposals? Do you have memory of the very first proposal or the very first few months?

07.52: Baskar Sundaram – So, you grow from your career from being Apprenticeship and you also not only progress through your roles taking lot more experience, lot more different types of bids. Talk us though the transition of taking varied roles and also applying yourself in various sector.   

09.32: Baskar Sundaram –  Can you share some example of, you realize you now grasp all the best practices on how to do a bid when you enter a sector. And it was like, you can lift and drop some elements but not all. Can you share that nuaces of how there is some generous proposal best practice but every sector operates uniquely from your experience? One or two examples of what was the commonality and what was the uniqueness?  

17.23: Baskar Sundaram – Talk us through the ‘why’ behind Women In Bids proposals and your journey so far.

23.32: Baskar Sundaram – Talk us through all about your members who joined together because you could have the passion but there must be people around you who could make your vision come alive. Talk us about your team and the roles they play.

30.28: Baskar Sundaram – Lets officially enter the Personal Round. Please talk us through about the three things that not many people know about you, Charlotte.

35.26: Baskar Sundaram –  Let’s officially enter the Rapid Random Questions Round in honour of Howard Nutt. There is no right or wrong answer. Are you ready?

46.55: Baskar Sundaram – That’s beautiful.  Who are the people who have been the most influential in your life and career?

48.45: Baskar Sundaram – Who haven’t you seen or talked to in a long time and hope that they are doing okay?

49.27: Baskar Sundaram – I know we talked about your early life and career and from apprenticeship and all the way up to the Director of bid, bid manager, different roles, Women In Bid and Proposals. One personal question, you have seen the from the bottom-up and you’ve interacted with a lot of people. What’s that one myth about this bid and proposal profession that you would like to debunk?

50.50: Baskar Sundaram – What’s that one piece of advice you would like to give to bid and proposal professionals?

51.40: Baskar Sundaram – Charlotte, what’s next for you? What are you looking forward to in the immediate future?

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