Successful Writing at Work, Concise 3rd Edition – Chapter 8.
Common Topics:Purchasing new or more advanced equipmentObtaining document securityRecruiting new employees or retrainingEliminating a dangerous condition or reducing an environmental riskCutting costs
Lecture:IntroductionStatement of purpose; subject of proposalBackground of the problem you want to solveDescriptionShow that your product/service is right for the companyDescribe work in suitable detailStress special features, maintenance advantages, warranties, or service benefitsTimetable:When the work will beginHow the work will be dividedWhen you will be finishedWhether any follow-up visits or services are involvedConclusionCall to actionEncourage reader to approve your plan
Transcript of "Chapter 8 proposals"
Proposals Detailed plan of action submitted for approval Readers are often in a position of authority Must convince the readers that your plan will help in someway Written for many purposes and audiences Internal, External Vary in size and scope
Proposals… Are persuasive plans Frequently collaborative efforts Vary in size and scope
Guidelines Approach as problem-solving activity Regard audience as skeptical Research topic thoroughly Scout out what competitors are doing Prove that the proposal is workable Financially realistic Package attractively
Types of Proposals Solicited, Request for Proposals Unsolicited Internal vs. External
Guidelines Approach as a problem-solving activity Regard audience as skeptical Research topic thoroughly Scout out what your competitors are doing Prove that your proposal is workable Be sure it’s financially realistic Be ethical Package attractively
Internal Proposals Offer a realistic and constructive plan to help your companyrun its business more effectively/economically CommonTopics Follow proper chain of command Ethically resolving problems