Bidding Saved My Life

Anxiety is often misunderstood. People regularly confuse it with stress, nervousness, or depression, but it's something very different. I want to share my story, remove the stigma and help others.
The talk will focus on the story of my ongoing battle with anxiety.

In late 2014, I was sat in the men's toilets at my lost job, crying, hiding and feeling hopeless. It was the lowest point of my life. I was suffering from crippling anxiety that seemed to be getting worse as the days passed.

I quit my job and took some time out, but one day at the gym, for a split second, I thought about ending my life.

Eventually, after a chat with a close friend who'd experienced something similar, I decided to get help.

I want to share with people:

- How I realised I had anxiety
- What I did to get help
- How you can help others
- How starting my business felt like it saved my life

Ultimately, to succeed as bid and proposal professionals, we need to care for both our physical and mental wellbeing.

We are constantly under the pressure of timelines, so in this profession more than most, we need to look out for each other, be patient and offer support.

This talk will tell you how.
Takeaway: Ability to cope with anxiety and empathise with others through shared experiences. Practical advice on getting help, with a positive message about what can be achieved with the right support.

Lloyd Johnson

In 2015, Lloyd founded bid consultancy SME Bidder, which specialises in helping small businesses win more bids.

Three years on, having never written a bid before, he's helped dozens of businesses win millions of pounds of key contracts across multiple sectors.

Prior to starting the company, Lloyd spent almost 10 years in procurement as a Category Manager and Consultant. He has a degree in Business Management and is MCIPS qualified.

Lloyd specialises in teaching clients to 'bid like a buyer' and provides expert insights on procurement and buyer-side behaviour.