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Letís Put Bush and Kerry Through the RFP Process

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David M. Brudney, ISHC, a nationally recognized spokesman for hotels and a veteran with four decades of experience, is the principal of David Brudney & Assoc. of Carlsbad, CA

By David M. Brudney, ISHC October 2004

Along with most Americans, Iíve been watching the candidates debate on TV this fall.

I find the debates very interesting but not necessarily that useful for my voting tastes.  There always seems to be a follow up question that isnít asked, an answer in need of clarification, or a claim that goes unchallenged.

Frankly, I think the candidates get off far too easily.  All too often, voters are asked to make "leaps of faith" on what the candidates are promising, when the candidates state "facts", or when each attempts to correct the other.

Does anyone make significant purchases via the Internet without first learning more about the product or service in question?  Why should voting for a candidate be any different?  Wouldnít you have loved to have seen a factual message crawl across the bottom of the screen during the debates - - like an airlineís "on time" record - - when Vice President Dick Cheney attacked Senator John Edwards on his poor voting and attendance record in the Senate?

Wouldnít it be nice, wouldnít it make more sense, if President George Bush and Senator John Kerry had to go through the same process with the voters that consultants, hotel sales associates and other suppliers - - those of us who do this for a living - - do in order to get the "vote" of our prospective clients?

Iím a self-employed consultant for the hospitality industry and just like hundreds of my colleagues and competitors, I donít have the luxury of campaigning for one job for the next four years.  I have to do that once a week - - sometimes once a day.  And if I lose more than a couple of those, Iím either out of business or I hunker down for some very lean times.

Hereís what Iím expected to answer in writing   when I "campaign" or "bid" on a new consulting assignment:

  • Specific qualifications for why I should be considered for a particular engagement
  • Relevant assignments I have successfully completed (wouldnít you like to see Kerry have to address that in a PowerPoint?)
  • A specific outline for how I would go about fixing a problem, increase revenues, help create a better R.O.I. (wouldnít you love to see Bush produce a PowerPoint on how the next four years will differ from the past four years?)
  • Current and past clients who will be contacted and asked specifically whether or not my services were of any value and would I be retained again for future work
  • Fees to be charged (hello, new taxes?), justification of my hourly rate, details on all expenses to be incurred
  • Timeline and availability - - I have to guarantee that I will make myself available and ready to perform my services within a specific period of time (with no extensions!)
  • A guarantee that all tasks and work product will be done by me personally
  • Deliverables - - specific content and length of my final written report
  • And, finally, Bush and Kerry can rest assured that the winner will be known on November 2nd (2000 delay not likely this time around).  Consultants arenít so lucky.  We risk not only losing the assignment to a competitor - - with no polling "exit" interviews telling us why - - but many times the decision is delayed or worse, sometimes the prospective clients decide not to do the project at all. 

As I said, I think Bush and Kerry get off easy.  Iíd love to see the candidates go through the same RFP process I do.  Who knows, the voters might be better served?  Just one manís opinion.

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About David Brudney & Associates

David M. Brudney has become a charter member of Laguna Strategic Advisors and was a founding member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. Brudney is a veteran sales-and-marketing professional concluding his fifth decade of service to the hospitality industry. Brudney advises lodging owners, lenders, asset managers and operators about hotel sales and marketing best practices and standards of care, and conducts reviews of sales-and-marketing operations throughout the world. Brudney is a professional speaker, teacher, mentor and sales trainer. Previously, Brudney held sales and marketing positions with Hyatt, Westin and Marriott.

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