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How to Craft a Winning Proposal
2011-09-27

You have many deadlines to meet at work, and a major project for your company is due soon. You have some ideas, but need more direction and help with your proposal, and are quickly running out of time. This can happen to anyone, but rather than despair at the work ahead, you can still create a great presentation and proposal that will satisfy your supervisors. Here are some strategies you can use to help craft your proposal.




Review Your Research

Before you begin working on your proposal, you must review whatever research you have done on the topic at hand. While this may require some work outside of the usual work hours, it will pay off in the end if you have your research correct and, if you need to investigate further, allows you to pinpoint what information is missing and, thus, needs more research.

If you are still working on the research when your proposal is due, use what you have in your proposal and be honest with your supervisors that you need more time or do not have answers to some of their questions. This shows them you are hard-working and want what is best for the company, even if it means you need more time to look at the proposal.

Talk to Colleagues

An asset often left untapped in the workplace, your colleagues may give you a huge advantage as you work on the proposal. They may offer advice and suggestions you may not have considered when looking at your work. Their perspective and expertise is invaluable when it comes to making a proposal that can improve the effectiveness and productivity of your company.
If you are unsure how to converse with your colleagues in the workplace, this article may help. It might feel daunting at first, but getting ideas from your coworkers can improve your proposal and may bring up solutions to problems not considered previously.

Seek Writing Help

If you have the time, get professional help with your proposal writing. Taking a course through websites such as Corporate Training Materials or consulting with a professional in your area may help you use the right terminology and structure when you make your proposal and its accompanying presentation. You can learn to craft your proposal specifically to your industry and, if the consultant is able, they may review your presentation design for any errors or visual imperfections.

Written by M.L. Harris


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