7 Ways To Avoid Crashing Long Documents in MS Word

If you use MS Word to write documents, you might find the following tips helpful. I use Word to write documents up to 200 pages, even longer, and have managed to keep the document in good shape by following guidelines. Formatting — avoid cutting/pasting material directly from one file into another as this brings unwanted […]

Why grammar is (probably) not your problem

Know the difference between affect and effect? Or where to use that but not which? Or when to use which but not with a comma before it? I know. MS Word forbids it. But can expect from a bot? Anyway… You could fill several multi-story car parks with people who — or is it that? […]

[Tutorial] How to outline a business document

You wouldn’t go to Paris without a map, would you? Ok, you might find the Eiffel Tower but could you find your way to Notre Dame? A map would help right? It’s the same in writing. Why do we need an outline? An outline is a map of your document. It help you, as a […]

White Paper – Document Review Checklist

When writing white papers, the document review phase helps you identify gaps, improve the organization, correct flaws in the narrative, and iron out other weaknesses. White Paper – peer review checklist The document review phase is often overlooked or dismissed as an irritating editing task. But if it’s rushed through, to close to the publication […]

How to Improve Table Layouts in Business Documents

Use tables to help readers understand large amounts of data which otherwise may take several paragraphs to describe. The main parts of a table are: Table number – number every table and use the same numbering format throughout the document. Title – provide a brief but descriptive title. You don’t need to write a complete […]

White Papers: How to Create an Outline

Why do we need to create an outline? An outline helps you with the following: Keep track of all the moving parts Identify the main sections at a glance Help you to structure the document Identify gaps Ensure that themes are mentioned in the correct location Help you transition from one idea to the next […]

How to Write ”Spellbinding’ White Papers

If I were to ask you, “What’s the most important part in writing white papers? You’d say… Recently, I’ve been working with clients who’ve written very good white papers – in the traditional sense – but haven’t seen the returns they expected. Do they need to change the language, the tone, length or something else? […]

[Tutorial] How to Write Business Rules

At first glance, you’d think writing Business Rules would be easy. After all, you’re documenting how the business works, right? This shouldn’t be too hard as you’d assume everyone knows how it works. It’s how they do thing every day. Group of Business Rules Alas, that’s not always the case, grasshopper. What are Business Rules? […]

A Simple Business Plan

‘Why are business plans so hard to write?’ Before I answered the email I thought about it for a moment. I used to hate writing business plans but now find them much easier to write. As business plans are still the same, maybe it’s me. So, what changed? How To Write the Executive Summary Business […]

Action Plans: How to Create Sub Goals

We looked at how to create goals for your Action Plan and how to tie this into your overall plan of action. The next step is to drill down and create sub goals

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.

Request For Proposals: How to Write the Format section

Every Request For Proposal includes a Format section which explains to the bidder how the Business Proposal should be written. After you have written the Request For Proposal and published it, the next step is to wait for contractors to submit bids.

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Writing Action Plans

If you need a sample action plan to get your business in shape, then use the following example to design your MS Word template. An Action Plan is a series of steps that helps you achieve your goals in measurable ways.

Research Proposal Writing: 10 Ways to Format Your Bid Document

While Research Proposals are similar to writing Business Proposals, you need to address specific academic or technical requirements in different formats. While there is no standard format for research proposals – as every research project is different – different academic institutions all have different formats and requirements.

Proposal Writing: 10 Ways to Increase Your Success Rate

Sales Proposal Writing is different than Grant Writing. Your Executive Summary needs to describe how the proposal matches the Request For Proposal requirements. Here are ten ways you can improve your success rate and ensure you win the bid.