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Trying To Get It All Done When You Know You Can’t

In this episode, I have a frank conversation with, full-time professional, father, and part-time podcaster, Cesar Abeid about dealing with all your commitments, the struggle of trying to get it all done, and how he found the right system to help him.

Along the way, we discuss how our approaches to this problem meet and diverge. We share the tools that help us get through the day. Cesar also shows us why you don’t have to take a cookie cutter approach and how someone can customize a productivity system that works for them.


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The Ultimate Proposal Writing Manual Launched Today (What Happens Next Will Inspire You)

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Over 2,700 warriors in the Help Everybody Army now have The Magic Of Winning Proposals.

To give you some perspective, a business book that was bought by that many people would be a New York Times best seller. But I gave it out for free (and you can still download it from the email I sent last week).

Today, this proposal writing manual officially launches to the world. And it might just stand as the biggest thing I’ve done and quite likely the biggest launch of a book in our industry’s history.

Thanks to many partners, over 153,000 people will be receiving a free copy of this book (without the extras exclusive to the Help Everybody Army) in their email sometime this week.

But that’s not all. The paperback version of The Magic of Winning Proposals is now available for purchase on Amazon.

Today can be a big win for our profession. So, I’d like your help getting this book on Amazon’s top ten list in the Marketing & Sales category.

How You Can Help

The most obvious thing you can do is buy a copy for yourself, someone you love working with, your team, or someone who just doesn’t “get it.”

Our friends at the Philly and Central PA SMPS chapters have already volunteed to buy 30 copies each to give out at upcoming events. You’ll probably be on Amazon for Cyber Monday, so I hope you’ll contribute to the cause by buying a copy.

Plus, if you don’t like reading long PDFs on a screen, here’s your chance to own the paperback.

Get The Paperback Here Today

Post Your Review

But you don’t have to spend a dime to help the Help Everybody Army achieve this goal.

If you’ve read the book, share your thoughts on Amazon because that helps others decide whether the book is right for them.

Your review doesn’t have to be Shakespeare, we’re just looking for your honest opinion. It doesn’t even have to be more than a few sentences.

Post Your Short Review Here

Root Us On

Check Amazon’s Top 10 List for business books over the next day or two. Check it insessently. If you don’t see The Magic of Winning Proposals in that list, say, “You can do it!” Send us your positive energy. Cheer us on!

If you see us in the Top 10, raise your arms up knowing that today we’ve won. There are thousands upon thousands of us slinging proposals to client after client for days, weeks, months, and sometimes years at a time.

All alone, some of us may be marginalized or pushed aside. But together, we’re a powerful force to be reckoned with. Together, helping each other, we are strong. Together, we are an army. We can’t be marginalized. We can’t be pushed aside.

Help us take a book about our profession, written by one of our all time greats, to Amazon’s Best Sellers list.

Help us make a statement to the world through your wallet, your words, or your thoughts!

Click Here To See Amazon’s Top 10 List

One Approach To Proposal Debriefs That You May Not Have Considered

Proposal Debriefs

Later this month, I’ll be giving out a book outlining the exact tactics some of the most successful firms in the world use to dominate the competition. Last week, I shared one of my favorite excerpts from the book. Today, I want to share another excerpt that illustrates an important point. While this book is […]

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Proposal Ghost Stories: How To Spook Your Competition


Last week, I told you about a game-changing book about proposal writing that I obtained the rights to. I also told you that later this month I’ll be giving it out free to the entire Help Everybody Army. But today, and over the next two weeks, I want to give you an advanced sneak peek […]

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How Can Your Proposals Compete Against Big Firms?

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How can my proposals compete against the big firms? That’s a question people always ask me. And I get it. I work for a small firm (under 50 people) that competes with firms who have tens of thousands of people. And we certainly win more than we lose to those guys. But here’s the thing. […]

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My 2014 Proposal Hit Rate: Good Or Bad?

Like many firms in the A/E/C industry, the firm I work at is experiencing an uptick in business. We’ve got a lot of work and we’re hiring (If you know any schedulers or claims analysts looking, please…please send me an email). But there is one thing we’re experiencing that I never have before. For the […]

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Growing A/E/C Firms With Doug Reed

We’re back with another Design and Construction Marketing Podcast. This time I’m talking to Doug Reed. I first met Doug at a SMPS conference we were both speaking at. His story fascinated me and I think it will do the same for you. Here was, by all accounts, an engineer who grew his firm dramatically […]

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5 Ways I Use Landing Pages To Identify Potential Clients

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Last week, I let you in on the secret weapon I’ve been using for the last year to grow my lists of potential clients. I even shared with you my personal results. If you didn’t read that and you have any responsibility for your firm’s or organization’s corporate communications or internet marketing, I urge you […]

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What Is LeadPages?

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If you’ve been following along with my little internet marketing primer for the A/E/C industry we’ve already covered: How To Set Up An Opt In On Your Firm’s Website To Convert Visitors How To Put Together A Lead Magnet and Useful Content To Send Potential Clients Now it gets really fun because I’m going to […]

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What Information Should You Send To Potential Clients?

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In previous posts, I covered the problem most firm websites have and how to convert potential clients who visit your website. Today, I’m going to cover how to create a lead magnet and what to send these potential clients once they’ve signed up for your list. Building Your Lead Magnet The first thing you’ll send […]

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