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Scribble Talk Teaching Episode 17 with Louise Dentice

Scribble Talk Guest Teaching

THE ANSWER IS YES, IF - With Louise Dentice

About Guest: Louise Dentice

Louise Dentice is Head of Bids and Proposals at chapmanbdsp and is also the Research and Resources Lead on the Women in Bids and Proposals (WIBAP) committee. An APMP Global Top 40 award recipient, Louise holds APMP practitioner certification and APM (project management certification), in addition to business, marketing and design tertiary qualifications. 

Louise has been working in dedicated bids and proposals positions for 11 years, with a further ten years in marketing positions prior to that. Her bid track record has been gained in the built environment sector, working with project management, contractor and engineering firms. Projects secured include international, large scale, high profile developments, through to niche, boutique schemes across the spectrum of client sectors. 

Louise is from Aotearoa, New Zealand and has been based in London for nearly 12 years. Alongside her bid career, Louise is a sculptor, regularly exhibiting internationally, with a recent exhibition in Tokyo, Japan and an upcoming show in Birmingham, UK. 


Short Description  Regarding The Topic: 

After I was a guest on the Scribble Talk Podcast earlier in the year, I had a lot of interest and questions around what I termed my ‘parallel’ careers – Bids and Art – and how I managed success in these pathways, amongst my other commitments. 

I realized that I employ several key strategies to manage competing priorities and to keep balls moving across my employment as Head of Bids, my art career, the various committees I sit on (WIBAP, British Art Medal Society, Medal Artists of New Zealand), my personal / social life – oh and the house renovation! 

Key strategies include: The Daily ‘Stand up’, the ‘flex and swing’ attitude, chunking time, quick wins, managing expectations, “the answer is yes, if”. 

I understand my own personal drivers – I am deadline driven and I have a ‘finisher’ mind set – I play to these. 

It’s all about priority management, expectation management, understanding what level of input is required and when, to achieve personal and professional goals. 

The act of balance, competing priorities, how to keep balls moving, with some key pointers of what works for me – the flex, chunking time, quick wins, 2 min tasks, managing expectations, “the answer is yes, if”. I can bring it back to the demands of the job and the complex nature of the bids we work on in my sector, the quick turnaround, and the techniques I have put in place to manage those. 

It's priority management, expectation management, understanding what input is required when to achieve personal and professional goals (there is definitely going to be a better way to coin that!). 

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