Be brief but thorough. Enlighten your readers as to why your proposal is a good idea. Don’t scare them away with walls of text.
Back up your assertions up with facts and reliable sources. Writing a proposal with bias is one of the quickest ways to lose potential collaborators who may have differing opinions on the subject.
Primary sources are first-hand records of information, like government data. Secondary sources, like newspapers, relay the content of primary sources, often with commentary or spin.
Give your collaborators an idea of the size of the problem you are dealing with - and, of course, the scope of your solution. Use concrete numbers when possible.
Compelling visuals add another dimension to your proposal. Use images that build on, and don’t detract from, your proposal. Effective images are ones that reinforce the main idea of your proposal or the point you are making.
Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and think about the issue from their position. No issue affects any two people in the same way.
How will your proposed policy accomplish the results you are looking for? Stay focused on your goals. Do the inputs necessarily lead to the outcomes you want?
The purpose of these proposals is to generate constructive collaboration. Use feedback to improve your proposal and garner support from a broader audience.
Disagreement is a part of any decision-making process, but that doesn’t mean it has to be unpleasant. Remember to be kind and tactful in all your interactions on TheChisel.
Reaching consensus isn’t always easy. Keeping things light-hearted will go a long way.