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Do you ever worry that you have forgotten something – that somewhere on a piece of paper is details of an action you should have taken to stay on top of some project or other?

If so, then you share a lot in common with about 80% of the people I talk to – many of us spend our lives sorting through multiple scraps of paper in our pockets and wallets, or through notes taken in online notebooks or in Outlook to try to keep on top of our to-do actions.

Drowning in paper?

I used to try to keep control of all of my follow ups with a combination of paper-based lists and cc-ed emails to myself (every time I’d send an email that had a follow up I’d copy it to myself and then later paste it into the diary or to-do section of Outlook). My Outlook soon became a real mess.

Well now I sleep because of one simple feature in an online to-do management system – Nozbe. I first stumbled across Nozbe in a blog post by Michael Hyatt – it came at a time when I had decided I really needed to clean up my act.



Here’s a thought for the day – on thoughts themselves…Watch Your ThoughtsWatch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

How  scarily true!

Watch your thoughts today – they are the Genesis of much of what comes your way in life

I stumbled across this online and could not find the author to credit it – if it’s you please let me know and I’ll do so.

Have you experienced the affect of simple thoughts on your life?

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Great business leaders are defined as those who:

“… create and maintain a work environment where people are emotionally and intellectually committed to the organization’s goals; build an energetic and positive attitude in others and inspire them to do their very best; and in doing so create a common sense of purpose where people are more inclined to invest extra energy and even some of their own time in their work.” (taken from ‘Leadership Charisma’)

Great Leaders

Great leadership is all about getting results. No leadership – no results. No results – no leadership.

The greatest leaders share two attitudes in common:


Writing A Business Proposal

Faced with writing a business proposal – and dreading it? Don’t worry! I’m going to share my best tips for writing business proposals, and highlight some great articles and tools that will make your proposals unbeatable.

Winning Business Proposals - Book Cover

I’ve been writing proposals for more than 20 years; I’ve written dozens of articles on the topic, and even a bestselling book.

Take my FREE Business Proposal Writing Course (below) and we’ll start by looking at how to analyze a request for proposal or request for information to determine the client’s REAL requirements.

After that I’ll walk you, step by step, through a great way of turning that RFP analysis it into a compelling solution to your client’s requirement – the solution the client would design if they could.

You’ll start to beat your competition before you write a single word – because I’m also going to show you how to design a proposal strategy that sets your proposal up to win long before you even power up your PC.

We’ll even delve into analyzing the psychology of your prospects to ensure that you use language that will positively influence them.

After that preparation we’ll take on the critical next step – we’ll start writing yourWinning proposal.

You and I will first walk through creating a proposal outline – one of the secrets of a great proposal is a great outline. Once you have your outline I’ll show you how to write the entire proposal content quickly and easily.

There’s lots more here on the art of business proposal writing – by the time we’re finished working together you’ll never ever again dread writing a business proposal.

FREE Business Proposal Course

Want to learn how to write Winning Business Proposals quickly and easily?
Follow the FREE 12-Step course below.

Step 1: What is a Proposal?

Step 2: Should we Bid?

Step 3: Analyse the Requirement

Step 4: Develop a Winning Solution

Step 5: Run a Pre-Proposal Review

Step 6: Select a Proposal Strategy

Step 7: Think About Tone and Language BEFORE You Write

Step 8: Organize Your Ideas and Write Your Proposal

Step 9: Design a Compelling Layout For Your Proposal

Step 10: Present Your Proposal

Step 11: Write a Great Proposal Cover Letter

Step 12: Whether You Win or Lose Find Out Why


Simple Proposals Sample

Here’s the ‘simple’ proposals sample discussed in “A Simple Business Proposal – Writing a ‘Letter Proposal’”.

If you’ve arrived on this page without checking out that module then I’d very strongly suggest you delve into that page before continuing to read here.

Take a look at the letter proposal below (Figures 1 – 4 below – to see a full size PDF version of this letter proposal simply click here or on any of the page images below).   This sample business proposal was written in letter proposal form to address precisely the same case study requirement as the larger, more elaborate, multi-section proposal we wrote in “Writing the Proposal Content”, and which is illustrated by the sample business proposals elsewhere on this site.

The only difference is that the proposal writer here decided that (s)he required a less elaborate proposal and so the entire content is built into a single letter.

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