Technical writers are the bridge between your business and the government. For your technical writer to produce the most effective solicitation response, there are a few steps you can take to maximize this resource:
1. Identify your Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
Technical writers may not know everything about your industry, but they are experts in identifying relevant information and presenting crucial details to a contracting officer. Before working with your technical writer, ensure you have a designated SME that knows your technical material well and can explain your product or service to a layman. This SME should be adept at answering questions and providing effective analogies to allow the technical writer to explain your product or services narratively.
2. Make Time for Solutioning
Your technical writer will need to discuss potential content gaps or have questions answered on the working draft. Make sure your designated SME(s) have the time to be interviewed on the technical details of the proposal. The need for solutioning calls is contingent on the requirements of the solicitation and the overall timeline to complete the proposal.
3. Review the Draft
When your technical writer presents a full draft, make sure your team has ample time to read and review. Technical writers rely on reliable client feedback not only to ensure correctness of technical content, but also to know if you are satisfied with the product overall. Make sure to review not only the jargon, but also how your business is being presented. If you have feedback, your technical writer will need sufficient time to address these edits and provide a more complete draft that matches both the solicitation requirements and your company preference.
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About the Author
Emily is a Technical Writer at JetCo Solutions. In this role, she drafts and edits proposals for clients and meets with them throughout the process to discuss JetCo Solutions’ approach to a specific bid.