There are a few suggestions that writers and translators of proposals should know and alert their clients to. One thing to remember is that all proposals should be kept simple and when needed, breakup a single proposal into two or more proposals. Some of the best advice given in this blog entry came from a San Francisco translation worker who recommended that the writer and translator should never attempt to solve all the world’s problems in a single proposal. He went on to explain that mistakes in a research proposal are made when the author begins before narrowing your subject and purpose. Always try to focus on one specific research question and make your approach original enough to get the reader’s attention and support.
The same advice about narrowing the focus applies to developing sales proposals. Chicago Translation workers suggest that decision-makers want very specific, straight forward suggestions for filling specific needs. By detailing your subject and purpose, you show them immediately that you understand their problem.
To develop a 4-Star housing community in Peru, the U.S. Construction Consortium must clear 100 acres of land and develop an adequate drainage solution. As part of this construction project, U.S. Construction Consortium needs to construct roads, a modern sewer system and electrical and water lines to each property.
Our architectural and construction consortium offers the following preliminary design proposal for the housing community. The design is based on our evaluation of site information, the master plan, and a list of required facilities and their relationships, as well as the projected routes of travel around and through the required spaces. Our building philosophy and design priorities also take into account local building restrictions and possibilities of future expansion.
Notice that the focus here is limited to the preliminary design phase. The actual plans for construction, decor, landscaping, etc., will be the subject of later proposals. This, then, can be called a pre-proposal. If accepted, it will lead to more specific proposals.
Identification of Related Problems
Do not underestimate the complexity of the project. Several Atlanta translation companies encourage writers to identify any problems that readers themselves might not recognize. Only problems that have been fully and clearly defined can possibly be solved. Here is how the architectural proposal treats one such problem:
The U.S. Construction Consortium has expressed a desire for glass walls on the north, east, and south exposures of the main lodge. Although improving the view, glass walls would increase heat loss through thermal conductivity. Concentrated areas of glass (triple-glazed) should be limited to southerly exposures for maximum use of solar energy. For further energy efficiency, exterior walls should be insulated to a value of R-19 or better, and the doors built in an airlock configuration to minimize heat loss.
Resist the temptation to propose easy answers to hard questions. Be conservative. Propose only those methods that have a good chance of success. If a certain solution is the best available but still leaves doubt as to its effectiveness.