10 Ways to Improve Your Business Proposal Format

Proposal Format. Your Business Proposal should match the Request For Proposal guidelines and include a three-page executive summary. This applies to proposals to Government, Research, Sales and Construction Proposals. How do I format my Business Proposal? If the Government agency’s Request For Proposal does not provide guidelines, then format your proposal as follows:

10 Steps to Writing ‘Plain Language’ Business Proposals

I found the Plain Language writing technique by accident. It’s also called Plain English, by the way. I was reading a lot about Warren Buffet a few years back and came across a nice, short document he wrote for the SEC. These are the folks who submit legal and business document to Wall Street when […]

5 Ways to Demonstrate Value-For-Money in your Business Proposal

You know your Business Proposal matches the client’s requirements exactly, right? You also know that your proposal is good Value For Money and resolves the pain points for the funding agency. But, you still need to show them why.

11 Quick Proposal Writing Tips

Looking for tips to format Business Proposals? These writing guidelines will help with Sales, Grant, Government and Research Proposals.

4 Business Report Writing Tips

Do you freeze when sitting down to write long reports? While most of us can write short emails, status reports, and project plans, writing long business documents can be more difficult. How do you start? Here’s a four step approach for writing long documents. It makes it easy for you as the writer and more […]

The Jennifer Hudson Guide to Size Zero Writing

You have to admire Jennifer Hudson. When most celebrities go from ‘full-bodied’ to size zero, there’s a backlash, especially from loyal fans who feel they’ve sold out. Jennifer seems to be the exception. As a business writer, I try to look at situations like this. What makes it so different? What kernel of an idea […]

3 (Very) Persuasive Writing Techniques

Wouldn’t it be great if you could influence others a little bit more? Not total mind control but agreeing with your point of view, taking more action, following your advice. 5 Persuasive Business Writing Techniques The problem with persuasion is that if you use it incorrectly it comes across as coarse, bullying or heavy-handed. Think […]

American English v UK English: 13 Differences

The difference between American English and British English once caused George Bernard Shaw to say that the United States and United Kingdom are “two countries divided by a common language.” So, how you avoid making mistakes when writing business documents for American readers? 13 Common Problems When Writing American English …a porter in a British […]

10 Steps To Better Writing

Here’s a ten step formula to writing better business documents. What would you change? Write the first word. Write the first line. Write the first paragraph. Write the second paragraph. Connect the first and second paragraph. Write the third paragraph. Connect the first, second, and third. Read it aloud. Write it again. Continue writing.

The Art of Deliberate Mistakes

It sounds like a contradiction to encourage others to make mistakes, doesn’t it? But if your company doesn’t allow others to do so, how are they going to challenge their assumptions about what works or what could be improved? No one criticizes a child for falling off a bike when it learns to cycle. It […]

What the Romans Taught me About Business Planning

Sometimes looking back gives us a little more perspective. The Romans were the first to build roads. Real roads. Networks. They connected Constantinople to Seville and London to Carthage. All paths lead to Rome. If that isn’t impressive enough some of those roads are still in place today. Think about this. They built the roads […]

7 Ways to Refine Your Business Proposal

Ever notice that the most successful Business Proposals use the same writing formula? In general, this comes down to two things: experience of proposal writing technical and deep knowledge of the subject matter.

14 Ways To Write Sales Proposals (That Win More Business)

If you’re looking for quick tips on how to write better Proposals, then follow these guidelines. Here are seven ways to improve the quality of you Proposals and ensure you win more business.

10 Proven Proposal Writing Tactics

Writing a business proposal for the first time can be difficult. To make this easier we’ve compiled this list of ten writing strategies for developing your next sales, government or research proposal.

7 Ways to Improve Business Proposal Acceptance Rates

Why do some Business Proposals get accepted and others never get funding? You can improve your bid win rate if you look at how the Proposal evaluation team, and others in the procurement industry, assess, review and evaluate Proposals.