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Scribble Talk

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

Today's Guest Is Tania Field

Scribble Talk Episode 166 with Tania Field

Tania is 12+ years strategic communications and project management professional with expertise in guiding bid management and proposal development processes for one of Australia’s leading Real Estate Investment Trusts. Currently, Tania is senior tender specialist in Tender Plus. Prior to Tender Plus Tania was with Dexus and Origin Energy. Also is also APMP ANZ Chapter Committee member as Conference and Events Lead. Tania has commerce graduate degree from University of Sydney and is APMP CF Certified.

In this episode we will discuss Tania’s

  • Life and Career
  • Childhood, high school at Girl’s School and education in art and design.
  • Beginning of her career Origin Energy in the Communications role and Dexus and and various advanced roles with these companies.
  • Encounter  APMP, her role as Conference and Events Lead in the ANZ Chapter and the upcoming conference in Sydney.
  • Memorable writing proposals and tender.
  • Love for Improv theatre, Stand-up Comedy and Travelling.
  • 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, Tania Field.

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

Transcript

01.01: 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.
  
01.31: Baskar Sundaram – Today’s Guest is Tania Field. Tania is 12+ years strategic communications and project management professional with expertise in guiding bid management and proposal development processes for one of Australia’s leading Real Estate Investment Trusts. Currently, Tania is senior tender specialist in Tender Plus. Prior to Tender Plus Tania was with Dexus and Origin Energy. Also is also APMP ANZ Chapter Committee member as Conference and Events Lead. Tania has commerce graduate degree from University of Sydney and is APMP CF Certified.

There’s lot more to talk about, Tania. Welcome to Scribble Talk, Tania. Great  to have you with us. 
 
02.31: Baskar Sundaram – Let’s go back to the very beginning, Tania. Where were you born and let’s talk about your early school.
 
03.40: Baskar Sundaram – So, any childhood memories growing up in the girls school?
 
04.57: Baskar Sundaram –  School of Colour and Design. The School’s name is really amazing. What’s the surface design, Applied Colour Design? Is it related to Art or Tender?
 
06.40: Baskar Sundaram – The colours. How  was it when mixed up different colours and got some patterns, etc? I mean, like, I’m sure when you did it for the first time it made you feel like “Wow”. I mean, even thinking about it makes me happy. So, while doing it, it should have brought you a lot of happiness. 
 
08.43: Baskar Sundaram – I’m glad that you completed your course and got your certificate. And part of Origin Energy, you were also working with the Communications around the same time. Was that your very first role that you took in a professional level or prior to that you were doing other roles? 
 
09.55: Baskar Sundaram – Wow. Thirteen years and then you moved to Dexus and from there to… That’s great because, one of the thing I love about your career is that you do spend considerable time in a company and you do kind of take varied role with in the company. Talk us through both about the Origin Energy and Dexus. The role that you did initially and how you kind of progressed, or kind of varied your role, across your career in both these organizations.
 
13.53: Baskar Sundaram – Shifting from working full time in a company to more or less become a consultant for other companies, Tania. Was there any initial challenges that you need to adjust or you were totally comfortable with this transition? 
 
16.51: Baskar Sundaram – Over these years, you might have worked with a lot of files. You mention Strategic Communications, tenders, proposals, different sectors as well. Anything comes to your mind as good bad, ugly? Top three? For various reasons that, you know what, you can’t forget this, because of the people, because of the process, because of anything you went through?
 
20.51: Baskar Sundaram – So, when you are, It’s property development energy, real estate, during the Covid era had a massive transformation term. Tania, you might have realized people moved away from their offices, worked from home and many real estate providers are actually reinventing themselves into finding different ways or companies are enticing their employees to come in, do three days, we provide free meals… When you are working with a client, especially, in that sort of domain, did you find any covid impacting the type of clients that you worked with?
 
26.00: Baskar Sundaram – ​At what point in your proposal career did you come across APMP as  an industry body? When did you became a member? And talk us through about APMP ANZ Chapter. 
 
32.02: Baskar Sundaram – I got a glimpse of Tania, but let’s go back. You had an early, life, career, then we looked how you transitioned into Tender Plus, APMP. Before we enter into Nutter’s Round in honour of Howard Nut, which is our Rapid Random Question Round, tell us three things not many people know about you.
 
36.36: Baskar Sundaram – Outside this, hobbies and interests. What are the other hobbies and interests you have, Tania?
 
39.41: Baskar Sundaram – Let’s officially enter the Rapid Random Fire Question Round or in honour of Howard Nutt. Howard Nutt is my mentor and he’s the founding member of APMP. So, let’s go to the Nutter’s Round. There is no right or wrong answer, whatever comes to your mind just goes in. So, let’s begin.
 
51.54: Baskar Sundaram – So, just on the people part, who are the people who have been the most influential people in your life and career?
 
52.17: Baskar Sundaram – So, what trait do you most like about yourself?
 
52.40: Baskar Sundaram – So, who haven’t you met in a long time and hope that they are doing okay?
 
53.31: Baskar Sundaram – Coming to the hilarious part of you, is there any  funny movie or funny play  or funny  talk that you watch that you recommend for listeners?
 
56.03: Baskar Sundaram – So, coming back as a final last few questions, Tania, I know you, like every other person you have entered this industry through different ways. So what’s the one common myth that you within the proposal industry that you want to debunk? 
 
57.21: Baskar Sundaram – So, from your career, what advice would you give to fellow bid and proposal professionals?
 
59.11: Baskar Sundaram – Is there any part of your life or career or is there anything else that you would like to share to the listeners before we close the episode, Tania? 
 
01.00.36: Baskar Sundaram – If you have to meet here exactly in the same podcast, three years down the line, Tania, What do you think should have happened that you considered “Ooh, these three years are the most memorable years of my life”? I’m giving you some goal setting. So, I’m gonna invite you again.
 
​01.03.14: Baskar Sundaram – Thank you. Thank you so much, Tania, for this. Wish you, your family, APMP ANZ Conference colleagues all the good health, happiness, success. Take good care, keep smiling, keep inspiring and I’ll speak to you very very soon.
 
Scribble Talk Outro Music.​​

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