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Plain English Campaign homepage. Pricelist2012. Proposal Writing Course – Lesson 1 Customer-centric proposals. Seven Steps toward a customer-centric proposalFor 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 the most attention; the IT specialist will argue that the ‘solution’ is the heart of the response, while the Sales manager will wade in with a sharp sales pitch.

Of course, they all have a valid point; but you need to assimilate each contribution into the final document from the customer’s perspective. With the previous considerations in mind, you need to avoid a situation whereby the final proposal is bidder-centric, In other words, you have placed your solution at the heart of the bid. From the customer’s perspective, these bids tend to come across as ME-ME-ME. 1. State their problem in one sentence. 2. 3. Warren Buffett’s 10 Steps To Better Report Writing. Buffett writes like he speaks. Direct, immediate and without pretension. “For more than forty years, I’ve studied the documents that public companies file. Too often, I’ve been unable to decipher just what is being said or, worse yet, had to conclude that nothing was being said. If corporate lawyers and their clients follow the advice in this handbook, my life is going to become much easier. “ Warren Buffet In 2002, I found the Plain Language writing technique almost by accident.

It’s also called Plain English, by the way. Ever read an annual report from Warren Buffet. Audience Analysis worksheets. From the handbook: There are several possible explanations as to why I and others sometimes stumble over an accounting note or indenture description. It’s a great read and you can download it here in PDF. Write Business Proposals in clear English So, with this in mind, I wrote this short guide to help you write Business Proposals in clear English. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Successe. Prwritgd. Department of Education Plain Writing Initiative. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 [PDF, 153KB] requires federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use. " President Obama also emphasized the importance of establishing "a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration" in his Jan. 21, 2009, Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. We at the U.S.

Department of Education are committed to writing new documents in plain language by October 2011, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines. We need your help to comply with the act. Let us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website (see "Add new comment" below). Jacquelyn Zimmermann, director of the Editorial Policy, Publishing and Printing branch, in the Department's Office of Communications and Outreach, has oversight responsibility for our plain language efforts. Please let us know if we haven't written a document in plain language by writing your comments below. Scribd. Obama Signs Law We Can All Understand - Page 1. <br/><a href=" US News</a> | <a href=" Business News</a> Copy Finally, something both parties in Washington agree on: The need for Uncle Sam to write clearly. With little fanfare, President Obama this week signed The Plain Writing Act of 2010. The new law requires that government documents be written in "plain language," defined as "writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience.

" Put simply, you have to be able to understand it. The measure moved through the bitterly divided Congress with relative ease, although close to three dozen Republican House members voted against it. Advocates for clear writing hailed its passage. "A government by the people and for the people should also be understood by the people," said the watchdog Web site, Michelle Obama Tries Tai Chi in China Obama's Family Skis in Aspen.

PLCstyleguide2Dec2011. PLC: Free guides on plain language. Plain Language Tools. Untitled. Editor Software Home - Plain English Writing and Editing Software. The Plain Language Act. The Plain Language Act directs agencies to write in clear, understandable language. At NASA we have many types of correspondence, ranging from scientific summaries to press releases to rules and directives. As you can imagine, technical terms can be hard to understand. Our goal is to do our best to follow the intent of the Plain Language Act and make our communications easier to read and to understand. Like other Federal agencies, we are used to certain styles of writing and find it hard to “break that mold.” However, we pledge to do our best to write in a common-sense style that will make it easier for you to understand what we are trying to say. We have many fascinating missions going on across the Agency, and we hope that our new emphasis on plain language writing will help keep you interested and informed.

Plain Language - Clear Communication: An NIH Health Literacy Initiative. Introduction to Plain Language at NIH Plain language is grammatically correct language that includes complete sentence structure and accurate word usage. Plain language is not unprofessional writing or a method of "dumbing down" or "talking down" to the reader.

Writing that is clear and to the point helps improve communication and takes less time to read and understand. Clear writing tells the reader exactly what the reader needs to know without using unnecessary words or expressions. Communicating clearly is its own reward and saves time and money. Plain Language Act President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (H.R. 946/Public Law 111-274) on October 13, 2010. Part of the NIH mission is to reach all Americans with health information they can use and to communicate in a way that helps people to easily understand research results. Celebrating Plain Language at NIH Plain Language/Clear Communications Awards Program Tips for Using Plain Language: 1. 3. Organization. 4. About PLAIN.

By Cheryl Stephens What is Plain Language? Planning Guidelines Audience Considerations Writing as a Process Writing Guidelines Testing and Evaluation What Is Plain Language? Plain language is communication designed to meet the needs of the intended audience, so people can understand information, that is important to their lives. Plain language is language that is understandable. Language that is "plain" to one set of readers may be incomprehensible for others. Plain language document process involves working out a plan for a writing project, preparing a draft under the plan, and verifying the effectiveness of your draft through evaluation methods using the intended audience.

A crucial feature of plain language is testing the writing to determine whether it adequately conveys to the targeted reader the writer's intentions. [(1) Coe, Richard M. (1992) "Three Approaches to 'Plain Language': Better, Best and Better than Nothing", In Proceedings: Just Language Conference 1992. Planning Guidelines. Handbook. PLAW-111publ274.