Two-day proposal writing course that teaches how to create effective, well-structured technical proposals.
To maximise effectiveness in today’s business environment, communications on technical subjects need to be clear, precise and persuasive. Producing documents that meet this criteria will help you get better results from your proposals, recommendation reports and other business documents.
Our Writing technical proposals course is ideal for anyone who wants to significantly improve their chances of getting their proposals accepted. Typical delegates include:
- Managers at all levels.
- Management-track professionals.
- Employees who have to prepare technical proposals on a regular basis.
Delegates learn how to create effective, well-structured technical proposals that:
- Convey a credible message.
- Project a professional image.
Writing technical proposals training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) Writing technical proposals courses. This approach means that we can tailor your training to your exact business needs. The course is structured so that your proposals can be integrated into the course flow.
We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.
Writing technical proposals courses are hosted by highly experienced instructors, who have held senior authoring/writing roles in business. For further details, see Expert trainers.
How will I learn?
Training combines lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.
Exercises provide activity-based experience and help build delegates’ confidence writing effectively. These exercises can be tailored to deal with issues specific to your business.
You have ample opportunity to discuss specific requirements with the trainer.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A comprehensive training guide for Writing technical proposals, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher back in the work-place.
- Job aids and roadmaps to use post-course.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of a Writing technical proposals training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following Writing technical proposals training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for writing technical proposals training training can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.
For further details, see training course payment options.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Writing technical proposals course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Writing technical proposals course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
Writing technical proposals
courses are hosted by Crow Dillon-Parkin and Peter Dillon-Parkin.
Crow has thirty years’ experience in technical authoring, and writing for business in the wider sense.
Her love of language, combined with a natural pickiness and attention to detail, has been put to good use in a variety of editing, writing, management and training roles.
Crow is a highly-experienced learning specialist who believes strongly in empowering authors through training. Clients for whom she has developed and delivered technical and business communication skills training include FW Pharma Systems, the Open College, the BBC, and Fitness First.
Crow has two degrees and a Certificate in Education. She is currently working on a range of books based on the writing courses she has developed.
Peter has thirty years’ experience in the IT industry in roles that have included Programmer, Author, Trainer, Business Analyst, Senior Manager and Education Management Consultant.
Peter’s technical authoring career began when, as a systems manager, he was asked to write a portable data terminal manual for sales reps. The reps learned how to use the new equipment, and Peter had found his niche.
He has written, designed and project-managed everything from printed manuals and technical specifications to online help and computer-based training materials, specialising in writing for an international audience. An expert in document automation and information re-purposing, he uses templates to avoid endlessly reinventing the wheel when producing documents.
Peter develops and teaches a wide range of technical and business writing training courses. Clients for whom Peter has recently consultancy services and training to include Learning Tree International, The Guardian, Canon Europe, the BBC, the MoD and the UN.
Why good writing matters
- Benefits for your business
- Benefits for the reader
- Benefits for the writer
Audience identification and analysis
- Who are your readers?
- Dealing with differing communication styles
- Creating audience personas
Writing documents to address business problems
- Quantifying business impact
- Clearly identifying scope
- The Seven-step proposal development process
Structuring your document
- High-level structures for business documents
- Developing detailed document structure
- The seven-step proposal development process
Drafting your document
- Writing clear recommendations
- Producing your first draft
- Using a prototype
Writing clearly and concisely
- Grammar issues
- Signalling in your document
- Reviewing your document
Editing for consistency
- Why consistency is important
- Spelling and punctuation
- Editing best practice
Writing to persuade your readers
- Making credible claims
- Avoiding oversimplification
- Substantiating your arguments