Episode 36: Should you tender for contracts with corporate companies?

Tender processes to secure large corporate contracts can be challenging. And yet, when people think about selling their services to corporate organisations, they naturally assume that they’ll end up having to navigate tender/ bid processes at some stage. 

But do you really need to bid for large contracts? And if you want to win high ticket sales, do you need to go through large tender processes? In fact, if you’re newer to selling your services to corporate organisations, you might be wondering what a tender process even is – and what it requires. 

That’s why I’ve popped this episode together; to make sure that you’re able to decide if you want to work on tender / bid contracts, what you’ll need to understand about those sales processes and the way to navigate them correctly if you decide that it’s the best option for you.

In this episode, I’ll be sharing;

  • Why tendering for projects or corporate contracts is a global topic of discussion. ([05:18])
  • The definition of ‘tendering’ – and what it means for external suppliers who are thinking about selling their services to corporate organisations. ([07:42])
  • What the tender process looks like for external suppliers. ([08:06])
  • Industry types that use tender processes (and whether it will impact your sales process) ([09:10])
  • What benefits a tender process has for an organisation who are looking to outsource/ hire external contractors/ hire external suppliers for specific projects. ([09:28])
  • The two best areas that tender processes are focused to get the best opportunities ([10:06])
  • Common reactions to the tender process and deciding which group you fit into. ([10:31])
  • What a tender document is and what you’ll need to think about in order to successfully navigate a bid/ tender process. ([13:55])
  • Documents provided by the organisation during a tender process and what you can expect. ([14:47])
  • How your internal champion/ key stakeholder can support you in your tender process. ([16:04])
  • The one, simple thing to remember to help get a successful outcome. ([17:41])
  • How the mainstream media are responding to tender requests and how that impacts your own bidding. ([18:34])
  • The importance of references, case studies and testimonials during the tender process. ([19:44])
  • Company financials and how they relate to the tender process. ([20:52])
  • Why you need to check the key requirements before deciding to put in your bid. ([22:36])
  • The evaluation process and what you can expect. ([23:00])
  • Using the evaluation scorecard to support your future sales processes. ([25:03])
  • Whether or not you need to participate in tender processes to win six figure contracts. ([26:04])
  • Considerations that you’ll need to make if you work outside of a preferred supplier list/ process. ([27:50])
  • Retrospective preferred supplier processes and paperwork that you might need to consider if you win contracts outside of tenders/ bids/ PSLs. ([30:23])
  • Pros and cons to working with tender processes and contracts. (32: 05)

Plus, we have two spots left to join The C Suite in January where you can be celebrating signing huge contracts without using tender processes.

Selling to Corporate Podcast episodes for your next listen

Episode 16: What do you really need to successfully sell to corporates

Episode 35: What to do if your proposal gets rejected

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