Proposal Graphics and Desktop Publishing
Jump Start Program

Could your proposals be better?
Do you spend too much time rewriting and assembling your proposals?
Do you want better graphics and better-looking proposals but don’t know how? Does Microsoft Word drive you crazy?
If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then this training is for you. Visual communication is proven to increase your chances of a win by as much as 43% while cutting time and cost. Professional, easy-to-review documents up win rates. Evaluators and decision makers request the same thing, “Help me quickly understand your solution and why I should choose you.” Great news! Graphics and professional documents can help you exceed the expectations of reviewers. Takeaways include but are not limited to the following:
  • Is the International Best Practice Proposal Graphics and Desktop Publishing Skills program right for me?
  • This program is aimed at people who need to create proposal graphics such as concept diagrams, flowcharts, and data-driven charts, and format MS Word documents so that they are professional and visually appealing. You will have a proposal-creation component to your role as a consultant or subject matter expert; small business owner; proposal writer; graphic designer; or sales and marketing specialist. If you want to take the presentation and visual appeal of your proposals to the next level, you will benefit enormously from the Jump Start Program.
  • What will I learn?
    You will learn how to visualize graphics from your text using a four-step process; how to render those graphics using the tools you have available, such as MS PowerPoint, with appropriate styles and colors; then how to integrate those graphics into MS Word and create an audience-focused and appealing final product. Throughout the program, you will learn the scientific theory behind visual communications and by the end of the workshops you will have a strong understanding of how to create proposal graphics, build graphics libraries, and create page layout templates within tight production timelines.
  • How does the program work?
    The Jump Start Program includes three 1.5-hour webinars (one per week) with preparation, exercises and ‘homework’ between sessions using PowerPoint and Microsoft Word. You will also have two individual 30-minute feedback sessions to discuss current bids and review your learning goals.

Training Takeaways

  • Increase your sales or win rate by 43% (based upon independent research on visual communication)
  • Write 50% faster
  • Make any complex idea easy to understand
  • Turn ideas and text into graphics
  • Know how to render professional graphics fast and for very little money
  • Accurately schedule support (estimate level of effort and staffing needs)
  • Automate MS Word to easily make professional documents
  • See what others are doing to win and lose proposals (graphics and desktop publishing)


  • Tuesday, October 3rd – 1st Webinar @ 1pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time
  • Week of October 9th– Coaching
  • Tuesday, October 17th– 2nd Webinar @ 1pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time
  • Tuesday, October 24th– 3rd Webinar @ 1pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time
  • Week of October 30th– Coaching
  • (No Refunds Offered)

Sign Up Today! ($495)

Training Staff

Colleen Jolly

Colleen jolly Principal / CPP APMP Fellow

Colleen jolly

Principal – Operations

Colleen Jolly

As the day-to-day operations manager she ensures client projects are delivered on-time and under budget. When not in the office she can be found around the world speaking at events about the benefits of visual communications.

Colleen Jolly, CPP APMP Fellow, an 17+ year proposal veteran, manages a global professional proposal graphic company – 24 Hour Company. Colleen is very active in the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) and recently served as CEO of the international board, former Layout Editor for the APMP Journal and former Secretary of her local chapter. She was named the youngest APMP Fellow, the industry's highest honor, in 2010. She is a frequent worldwide speaker and writer on creative and general business topics, and has spoken to groups around the world.

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What OUR Participants say

  • In the end ... we had real and practical knowledge for developing graphics quickly and easily. We’ve had very positive reactions [and] I am anxious to [use the process in our next effort].

    Randy Thomas Wellpoint
  • The power in the process is that it eliminates rewrites, gets the message right, and validates your approach all at the same time. It really validates the whole proposal solution.

    Bob Gillette CRI
  • [Colleen's desktop publishing training was] insightful and informative.

    Beccy Gilbert Unify

Contact Us

6521 Arlington Blvd, Suite 501, Falls Church, Virginia 22042
1 (703) 533-7209
Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm