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:

11 Quick Proposal Writing Tips

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

Guy Kawasaki 8 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Business Plans

I didn’t start writing Business Plans until about five years ago. Until then, the word Business Plan made my tummy feel slightly uncomfortable. It certainly wasn’t something I wanted to do for a living. But, as is often the way, a door opened and I stepped in. Actually, I HAD to write a Business Plan […]

9 Ways to Write Better Abstracts

I had planned to call this article ‘The Nine-Step Strategy for Writing Summaries That Intrigue Readers’ but had a second look. It’s a bit long. And as this article is about writing headlines, summaries and abstracts, well… Let’s stick to the plan.

“An abstract highlights the key points you want your reader to remember after they’ve read your document.“

The Lazy Man’s Guide to Action Plans

If you have never written an Action Plan before, you want to know, how do I get started, what needs to go into the Action Plan, and can you show me some samples? In this series of tutorials, I will help you define your Action Plan; give examples to download; show you how to format your MS Word templates.

9 Writing Tips From Warren Buffett

Warren Buffet’s Annual Reports were the first I ever read. To this day, I go back and re-read them to remind myself what business writing is really about – making a connection with words. That’s it. The more you can connect, the more people will read you. They may not agree with you – more […]

Ernest Hemingway’s 10 Step Guide to Better Business Writing

Look at how Hemingway does it. His writing style is crisp, direct and engaging. All the signs of a great writer. Look at how he makes long sentences short, mundane subjects interesting, and clips along at a nice pace. And without ever losing the thread. Us business writers can use these techniques to improve business […]

7-Step Approach to Proofreading User Guides

What can Kate Winslet teach you about proof-reading technical documents? Watch the movie The Reader and it will make sense. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when revising any technical document, is to do it all in one go. You can’t! 7 Ways to Proofread User Guides Make it easy on yourself and […]

S.P.E.E.D. Writing – 37 Ways to Increase Your Business Writing Productivity

technical-writer-ivan-walsh-chinaWorking in China means more business and less technical writing, especially proposal development, web marketing case studies and white papers. As some friends I hang out with on LinkedIn are also moving into biz writing, I thought I’d add a few tips here. While there is some overlap with technical writing, it does require a different mindset, for example, to understand the emotional drivers that persuade customers to accept or reject business proposals.

Business Process Design Tutorial – Part 1

At the end of the workshop, our client confessed, ‘I didn’t know our business worked like that’.

We’d moved onsite and over three months mapped out the processes in his Finance, Sales and Operations Depts. For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of Business Analysis is discovering how a business works and then mapping it out in Visio.

3 ways to use Case Studies for Positioning

How do you justify the expense of writing case studies? Well, it must show that it gives you an edge over your competitor, a better foot-hold in your market, or help define your marketing strategy. Here are four examples to show how this might work for you. 3 Ways to Use Case Studies For Strategic […]

How to Prepare Your Case Study

A case study is the study of an object, person or situation. When a management graduate undertakes his course; he will frequently come across with various case studies during his academic curriculum. There is no management course without referring to case studies. Students may read 800 case studies during a two-year MBA program. This indicates […]

Case Study: Ideal Length, Font & Format

Most case studies are between two-or-three pages and in the range of 500-900 words, although some tend to run longer. Try to aim for three pages, and include one large graphic per page. Anything more than this and it begins to feel like hard sell advertising; case studies adopt a more subtle soft-sell approach. Case […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Write a Case Study

Want a quick way to build up your media kit? You can use case studies to share success stories with clients, journalists, bloggers and IT writers. These all use case studies when writing articles and developing stores. These marketing documents are easy to write; most are less than five pages. 5 reasons you should publish […]

Gathering Information For Case Study Research

There is another method of gathering information which is relevant and must be described. It is called case studies and it is the most adjustable of all research designs. At the level that is the simplest, they give descriptive accounts of the case. Gathering Information For Case Study Research The subject of case studies is […]