Beginners should start here

This will help you understand how our site is organized

We have a lot of content. And our users have different needs. This can make for a deep and rich experience. It can also be overwhelming at first. This page provides information on how to find the content we have published that best meets your needs.

The easy way to use our site

Simply follow your interests by clicking links and spend countless hours reading, learning, and gaining inspiration.

Becoming a power user

There are methods behind our madness and once you learn them you can find just the right content at the moment of need. The information below can help.

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How do I find my way around? 

When in doubt, click on one of the Starting Points in our menu. They'll take you to our content. Some of our content is grouped into Topic Hubs so that we can provide one place that links to everything on a given topic. It's basically a hub-and-spoke model.

All you have to do is follow your interests and click on links and you can spend day after day learning more and more. You can just follow your nose without thinking about "how the content is organized." 

For more advanced users, we added the Table of Contents section of our menu to help you drill down through the Starting Points and Topic Hubs. It's not the same as a paper-based Table of Contents because we're dealing with dynamic content. But it gives you a list view in addition to the Starting Points. You can use whichever navigation approach you prefer.

There's also a keyword search tool you can use.

In addition to all that, subscribers can tag their favorites. Subscribers see a bookmark symbol next to every title. Click it and that item will be added to your list of favorites in the main menu. That makes it super easy to find your way back to the good stuff.

Red links are ones that you haven't clicked yet. Black links are one that you have. 

Enjoy your exploration.

 

Most of our content is not in a box you have to click to see, but it's a feature we use to simplify pages with lots of material on different topics. Like this one.

 

What is PropLIBRARY all about? 

We have multiple audiences. Some people are just trying to get a proposal done. Some are proposal specialists and some are not. Some do a lot of proposals and want to increase their win rates. Some are executives who want their organizations to prosper. Some are business owners who want their companies to grow. Some are consultants who work with those companies.

We are all about maximizing your chances of winning. If you just want to get a proposal done and off your desk, and aren't interested in maximizing your chances of winning if that means it may take some extra effort, then we may not be a good match. If you want to find out how to streamline the best practices for winning so that you can maximize your chances while being as efficient as possible, then we're a great match for each other.

 

What kind of content do we have? 

All of our content is written to help people close a sale with a winning proposal, usually written in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP). We address pre-RFP marketing and sales, as well as corporate strategic planning in addition to business development, capture, and proposals. 

 

What's the concierge button for?  

For do-it-yourself users, our site is self-service with hundreds of items to explore and use.

When you're ready to move beyond content and do-it-yourself solutions, our Concierge Desk can help match you with expert consultants and solutions. Click the Concierge Button to begin the process of engaging one of our experts.

 

Can I access your site on my phone or tablet? 

Our site fully supports phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. There are several books worth of content to explore here, so we want you to be able to read in comfort. And we want you to be able to take it to meetings and put it to work.

On a phone, the interface will condense to a single column, and the menu will reduce to an icon you can open when needed. Try it!



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Carl is the Founder and President of CapturePlanning.com and PropLIBRARY.

The materials he has published have helped millions of people develop business and write better proposals. Carl is an expert at winning in writing. He is a prolific author, frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant.

In addition, the groups Carl moderates on LinkedIn provide a place for tens of thousands of business development and proposal professionals to discuss best practices and network.
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In addition to PropLIBRARY's online resources, we also provide full-service consulting for when you're ready to engage one of our experts.

It all starts with a conversation. You can contact us by clicking the button to send us a message, or by calling 1-800-848-1563.


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Our Master Proposal Startup Information Checklist can be used in a number of different ways. We find it to be especially useful for people who don’t have either a formal process or structure. You don’t have to have some big “process” with all the implementation effort and training that implies to pull out a handy checklist and use it to do things better. That’s what this book is all about.

And for those of you who do have a formal process, you will find topics and ideas in here that you can use to enhance what you have and take it to a higher level.