Welcome

This 3Mind Writing® course is designed for people within the Charity Sector that provide services to Public Sector organisations.

This is a unique online training course.  Unlike traditional e-learning this programme takes learners through nine deliberate reflective practice learning cycles.  As such, at the end of the course, your competence to write tender responses will have improved dramatically.

Who is the course designed for?

It is aimed at all grades of people, from Administrator to Chief Executive.  Even experienced Bid Managers and Writers will benefit tremendously from the programme.

Your time commitment

The course is not for the faint-hearted.  It will require at least 30 hours of your time to complete the exercises and reflective practice activities. You can try to cram the programme into 1 week, however we would suggest you take it more slowly, doing 1 or 2 lessons each week.

Impact

If you fully engage with the programme and the reflective practice activities, you will transform your ability to not just write tender responses, but any form of persuasive proposal.

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Once you have signed up, start by following the ‘Introduction and Course Overview’ link below where you’ll find a full explanation of how the course works.

Money Back Guarantee

If after completion of the Introduction and first two lessons, you decide, for whatever reason, you do not wish to continue with the course, we will cancel your subscription and provide a full refund.

 

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27 Comments

  1. In undertaking exercise 3 the learning point I have taken away matches and reinforces the learning from exercise 2. In creating a narrative to answer the Buyers question the blending of a story telling and logic chain method needs to to still contain the who, what, why…. questions. This not only helps set the context for the answer and shows understanding of the Buyers needs but will also help create an impactful response.

  2. I think the main learning point I have from this exercise is the context of the answer needs to accommodate both the Buyers question (i.e. what information they are asking for) and my answer that explains who, what, where, why, when and how in terms of me/us as a seller i.e. who we are, what we do, where we do it, why we do it etc but also to answer the question i.e. who is doing the assessment, what it involves, where it happens etc.

    • Hi Sarah

      You are so getting this. You reflection comments evidence you are thinking the right way about what you are doing. Well done. BTW, I am the TUK tutor for this course, not some random commentator.

  3. My learning point from the first activity is around answering the question as asked. The structure of the answer needs to reflect what the commissioner/buyer needs and has asked to see. We need to do what they ask in a clear logical easy to follow way.

  4. After Completing the first exercise my main take away has been to ensure I am
    clearly aligning my response and offering to the councils problems/needs. By including this throughout the responses you are frequently reminding them:
    – you understand them and what they need
    – this is how you’re the people for the job
    – this is the solution you will bring

  5. Hello

    Following completion of Lesson 5, my takeaway is: Ownership of actions and processes must be explicit and consistent in the answer.

    Reflecting on Steve’s final observation, it’s easy to think the reader will infer that your quality management system is directed by someone, with delegated responsibilities following on. No! If you don’t show it, they won’t get it. And it may get marked down as a result.

  6. Hi

    On completing Lesson 4, my takeaway is: Consider my ‘sentence economy’- am I getting the most out of the words?

    Steve’s observations about how paragraphs can be trimmed down while still making a strong argument definitely resonate. While we all work to deadlines, it is important to take a step back, read the response, and ask, ‘Could this be better?’.

    • Hi Adam. A great takeaway point. Time, as are words you use within a limited response, is a finite resource. It is difficult in a time poor world, but make the space to pause and reflect. Then, through that editing cycle, take that objective look and see how and where you can use the words better to make a better impact in less space.

  7. Hello

    Following Lesson 3, my takeaway is: Finding a balance between a strong narrative to address the question and demonstrating clear evidence (numbers, people, etc) of how this will be done.

    One of the elements of response writing I’m fascinated by is how you can weave technical, often numbers-based information to create a story that a reader will latch onto. As Chris said in the introduction video, you need to satisfy both to truly succeed.

  8. Having completed Week 2, my next action is: Ensuring that there is agency in what we plan to do. Not just what we will do, but WHO is going to do it.

    There’s an interesting point about data here too. Collecting it is important, but showing how it will be shared with the buyer to inform improvements to the service user experience is key.

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