Writing Proposals Training
Being in the workplace isn’t just about knowing how to properly interact with customers and holding telephones; it’s also about being a capable writer, and therefore writing everything from memos, letters and most especially, proposals. However, writing is also not as easy as a lot of people think, for it is an art that requires much attention to its key components and a precise image or goal in mind before exacting and actuating it. Much like art, it is meant to please, and much like art, there is a need for business writers them to be pleased and to concur according to your terms. Naturally, to get to this level, one needs to have perfect control of the English language, or at least that of the fundamentals, knowing how to set the tone, to persuade without the force of emotion but that of truth and reasoning, to be culturally sensitive, and to master the various jargon connected to your industry. Mastering these key skills will allow all participants to have decisive control over someone’s opinions through the written word and elicit nothing other than the most positive of feedback and results.
Writing is an art that has helped people find and cement their voice throughout various points in history. Indeed, this is also true for writing proposals. With an even tighter grip on the English language, the capability to set the tone of one’s written work, the ability to persuade on truthful terms, cultural sensitivity and knowledge of various jargon, professionals can convince even the most adamant of readers to accept and even endorse your cause and opinions. This is therefore a very important skill that can, as an additional bonus, be integrated into your own customised training course. If you have any questions about our services, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help!
Writing Proposals Training Outline
- Housekeeping Items
- Workshop Aims
- What is a Proposal?
- The Proposal Writing Process
- Kinds of Proposals
- About Requests for Proposals
Starting the Proposal Writing Process
- Assessing Your Goal and Your Audience
- Performing a Needs Analysis
- Composing the Goal Statement
Preparing an Outline
- A General Format
- Special Sections
- Developing a Framework
- Getting Down to Details
- Identifying Resources
- Using the Web as a Resource
- Organizing Your Information
Writing Skills (I)
- Spelling and Grammar
- Working with Words
- Constructing Sentences
- Persuasive Writing
Writing Skills (II)
- Creating Paragraphs
- Creating Strong Transitions
- Construction to Conclusions
Writing the Proposal
- Educating the Evaluator
- Ghosting the Competition
- Using Illustrations
Assessing for Readability
- Assessing for Clarity
- Reading for Your Audience
- With the Readability Index
Proofreading and Editing
- Proofreading Like a Guru
- Editing Techniques
- Assessing the Facts
- The Power of Peer Review
Adding the Final Touches
- Our Best Typesetting Tips
- Reaching a Professional Look and Feel
- Making the Last Package
- Words From the Experts
- Lessons Learned
- Completion Of Action Plans and Tests
Modules Covered in the Writing Proposals Training Session
A return to basics: English
English is often a language that is taken for granted across many countries. For us, in particular, learning about it again can be quite a chore, but one can also help but think about the many times people have tried correcting us so silently over our personal errors and failure to utilise the language the way it should be utilised. Worse still, some of these mistakes can be actually ingrained into one’s memory, as is often the case when one says “case and point” instead of “case IN point.” Now, in everyday contexts, these can be very normal and these errors are quite forgettable, and even laughable when one checks out the internet for memes. However, in business, grammatical rules must be upheld to the highest standard, lest the employee risk failing to deliver the message in the most understandable possible manner. In fact, having absolute grammatical competency means no other than professionalism, as writing ungrammatically could mean you’re not taking the other person seriously. There is therefore a great importance in grammar both in terms of clarity and its various implications. We will therefore help participants by helping them regain their knowledge of the basics and hone them much further.
Setting the tone of writing proposals
The fundamental goal of a proposal is to persuade, and the first step to persuasion is to learn how each tone can influence the emotion of whoever is lucky enough to read a well-made proposal. With this in mind, there are three things to remember: the active and the passive voice, which ones should be used in very precise intervals, and which of these should be given more importance in writing, and lastly the force of words. Why be “awesome” when you can be “magnificent?” Why “destroy” when you can “annihilate?” Granted, these are rather extreme examples, but the effect of the words are there; the latter always give you a sense of grandeur, while the former can seem quite stale. However, there should also be a balance to it: remember that your only goal is not only to impress, but to provide perfectly succinct information. The goal, therefore, is to be able to dictate the tone despite writing less; this is the ultimate form of said art, when everything is stated perfectly and concisely.
When one writes, one has to have facts to support their claims. This is even truer when making a writing proposal, as the ultimate goal is to persuade customers and colleagues to buy into your ideas or products. Now, rhetorical ability and high vocabulary are indeed very useful to draw in readers, but as implied before, too much of it can be quite detrimental to the writer as it can elicit criticism. However, this is where truth comes in. After all, there is no substitute for truth when it comes to convincing people to do what you want. We will take this skill even further by teaching participants how to organise their written work and lay down every argument and evidence available in the most convincing and digestible manner.
Cultural sensitivity is a symptom of virtue and love of diversity, and it is always manifested in the way one writes. By simply knowing the most appropriate words to use in interacting with other cultures, participants can literally earn the trust of foreign clients and even their permanent interest and loyalty. This, after all, is also the hallmark of the artist: capable of pleasing all they encounter; in our participants’ case, by writing with a heart.
Jargon across and within industries
Now, being an art, writing proposals is all about knowing your craft as a professional. Do you work for the call center industry? If that is the case, you may want to remember terms such as “call scripts” or “cold calling” and other such jargon that will help you relate with your conversational partner or, in this case, your reader. Our training course will therefore devote crucial time to help train employees with the various jargon within and across industries. There will be fun-filled activities too, so participants will be sure to learn these things on the most sub-conscious level and without even the slightest effort.
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