The second presentation at this year’s APMP Bid & Proposal Con in which I had the (somewhat dubious) honor of participating was The Great Debate. This was a skit put on by the newly formed Improv group, aptly named, The Type ‘O’s.
The group consisted of me, Bobbie O’Brien, Robin Davis and our good friend Jeff Elkins.
The Great Debate was intended to highlight the differences and similarities between proposals within the commercial, government and grants. The debate was done in the style of a presidential debate, with Bobbie (Bobbie Itsduewhenowitz) representing government, Robin (Robin Mytime) representing commercial and Jeff (Professor A. Thought, with the ‘A’ standing for After) representing grants. I played the part of Cooper Anderson, of the show 720 (twice as good as that guy Anderson Cooper on 360) and acted as moderator for the debate.
As the saying goes, “You had to be there.” to truly enjoy the fun and silliness as the three representatives presented life within their sector. I’m not sure if this session was taped or if it will be made available on the APMP site. I’ll check and let you know.)
Ms. Itsduewhenowitz made it quite clear that within government there was no shortage of reviews, referring to these as “The Crayola reviews”, a term coined by Jay Herther, the well know government proposal guru. She also highlighted the somewhat extraordinary resources she typical had; She pointed out her team typical included a chef, a masseuse and a VPA (vehicle parking attendant).
Ms. Mytime made it quite clear that she had very little time to respond, as she even kept her responses within the debate as brief as possible and constantly asked, “Was I on time?”
And our professor, complete with robe, pointed out how very specific some grants could be, citing the current grant for which he was competing which was for studying “The effects of mosquitos on white cows with brown spots and only one horn.” Throughout the debate the professor, and eventually the other representatives, swatted away at mosquitos buzzing around them.
The representatives did a great job of highlighting, in a most exaggerated fashion, the differences and similarities between the three sectors and based on the laughter and applause from the audience, the points resonated with them.
Most flattering, based on audience response, the APMP board has asked the Type ‘O’s to present at next year’s conference and the four of us in the troupe look forward to doing so (When we do, we’ll be sure to get it on tape.)