Category Archives: Tips

How to Write the Executive Summary for Business Plans – Part 3

Companies seeking capital often ask how long the Executive Summary of their business plan should be. [Learn more about these Business Plan templates here] See: How Google’s ‘Micro Moments’ will affect your business The answer depends upon the use of the summary, mainly determining if it precedes the full business plan, or it will be used […]

Make Text on Your Laptop Easier to Read

Microsoft offers a free online service that claims to improve font display quality over traditional forms of font smoothing or anti-aliasing. ClearType improves readability on color LCD displays with a digital interface, such as those in laptops and high-quality flat panel displays. The online tuner lets you tune your Windows XP ClearType settings. How it […]

What is a Technical Writer?

Technical writers write technical documents that explain complex issues in simple, plain English. Technical writers – also know as Technical Authors or Information Designers – write material that supports software and hardware systems. They design, write and produce material that is delivered in print, soft-copy or as Online Help, such as that found in the […]

How to manage large documents in Microsoft Word

The main issues with creating long docs in Word tend to involve formatting, styles, graphics, tables, and bullets. Formatting — cutting/pasting material directly from one file into another is best avoided as this will bring unwanted styles in the target Word file. Instead convert it to raw text and then import it. Styles — create […]

How to Write Effective Business Letters

Steve Clark offers the following article written by a student in the Duke University. This paper was submitted as his final project to complete the program. Examples of Steve’s letters are available at Sample Letters. “Whatever your motivation, this article helps you to write a letter that gets published. It addresses the following elements to […]

Example of Budget for RFP Proposal

Non-Profit Guides provide examples of covers letters, components, and budgets with PDFs you can download. “Most grantmakers will request both a general operating budget and special project budget (if applicable). Budgets are cost projections. They are also show the funder how your project will be implemented and managed. Good budgets reflect carefully planned projects.” Downlaod […]

What to Include in Your Business Proposal

Onvia’s series of proposal writing continues with this article on what to include in your proposal: “Responding to government RFPs (Requests for Proposals) can be tricky, since there are not always requirements or standards to be used. The problem is that there is no universal standard for layout or composition when it comes to government proposal […]

2 Trends in Proposal Writing and Strategic Plans

Julie Seewald Bornhoeft’s witty and well-written article points out some trends she’s noticed as a proposal writer. 1. The emphasis is on acquiring money, rather than about structured program expansion. Unfortunately, these organizations often fail to assess all needs the organization may currently face. 2. Another trend I see is short-term thinking. The agency recognizes […]

7 Customer-Focused Proposal Writing Tips

For proposal writers, the task of responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) can be quite daunting. In addition to the pressure of getting the best proposal in on time, defining an effective approach to the response poses several dilemmas. For example, the various proposal team members may argue that their respective contribution is worth […]

Survey: What Proposal Evaluators Like and Dislike

Dan Safford‘s excellent series on proposal writing stresses that, “Proposals that get the deal aren’t written to win, they are written “not to lose.” This weeks tutorial includes a checklist that shows the top items critical to making sure your proposal does not get eliminated. He adds that, “This was based on a large survey […]