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How To Write a Winning Proposal
Your proposal should prove your case, and motivate the client to buy your services or applications. But all too often, reading a proposal is almost as painfully

writing a proposal  Proposal? Your objective in writing a proposal is to provide your client with enough information—persuasively presented information—to prove your case and motivate the client to buy your services or applications. That sounds pretty straightforward. So why do the vast majority of proposals start out with the vendor's company history? Does the author believe there is something so fundamentally compelling about their origins that clients will immediately be persuaded to buy? And why do a huge number of

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