Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Writing Proposals.
- The first part of the exercise file includes questions. Lots of questions. First, 10 questions proposed by Tom Sant in his book "Persuasive Business Proposals." And then almost 60 questions the proposal reviewer may expect to find answer to the proposal. Before you attempt to write a proposal use these questions to analyze the depth of information expected and how involved the proposal writing task can be. You might also want to use the websites given to learn more about specific types of proposals and grant opportunities.
Perhaps use some of the ideas listed that might apply to your work situation, your educational environment, or your community. Think how you would approach each situation. Consider how receptive your employer, mayor, or college review board would be to your unsolicited proposed idea. How would you collect support and research? Which of the segments of proposals would need to be included? Example charts that use to help prepare proposals and then to evaluate the almost ready proposal are also included. Finally, an RFP and the resulting solicited sample proposal that I wrote for an active learning grant are also included.
The proposal is one of only four accepted campus wide. Notice that the approach is more informal since it was a solicited internal situation. Also compare what the RFP requested to what and how the information was included in the proposal Then, contrast that situation to the proposal bid by a restoration company which consists, almost entirely, of figures of diagrams. Use the exercise file to help you continue to learn about the variety, the complexity and the opportunities to write proposals.
Thinking and practicing now may help you be more ready when that real proposal writing opportunity arises.
- Reading the RFP and asking questions
- Understanding different proposal types
- Following the writing process
- Connecting the dots
- Researching the company
- Using the client's jargon
- Understanding what parts to include
- Following up on a proposal