Writing and Presenting a Winning Proposal

In business or in some type of community service you might be called upon to present a proposal. A proposal is the opportunity to present your ideas to a group of people you want to influence to accept your ideas and take action.A well prepared proposal should include the following:1. What is my objective? Be concise and accurate in your objective. What do you want to accomplish. Keep it simple and short. Do not be vague. Focus on your immediate objective and don’t confuse the issue with future goals or objectives.
2. Know your audience. It is important to know to whom you are speaking. Do they have the power to make decisions or will others be involved in the finale decision such as accountants or attorneys. Does your audience have any prior knowledge on the topic you will be presenting? The more you find out about your audience the more effective you can make the proposal.
3. What are the needs of the audience? You will want to present your proposal in a way that meets the needs of your audience. If your proposal requires a lot of money you will need to know the approximate finances of the group or company. Determine the company’s or group’s wants, needs and interests so you can present your proposal accordingly.
4. Plan of action. Be very precise and stating the action you want the group to take. Don’t make them guess about what you want. Be sure to give accurate steps needed for completion of the plan.
5. State your plan. Your proposal should include a review of how the proposed plan will work. Do not go into too much detail. That can be confusing and cause rejection of the project. In your proposal you want to answer the basic who, what, when, where and why questions. Be sure to offer supporting information where it would be helpful. Handouts that offer details are very helpful.
6. State the benefits. Don’t close without stating very clearly the benefits that would be achieved by accepting your proposal. Make sure the benefits correspond to the needs, wants and interests of your audience.Be sure to ask for approval of your proposal. This is something many people are afraid to do. They are afraid of rejection. If you do not ask for a decision you probably won’t get one. Remind your audience of the value of accepting your proposal and ask for their approval.

What You Need to Do Before You Start Buying & Selling on eBay

There are a few basic things that you need or need to do before you can start buying and selling on eBay or any auction.
Credit Card You will need to have a Credit Card to open an account with Pay Pal which is the most acceptable, proven and safe means for payment. Your Credit Card number will not be revealed during payment.
Pay Pal Account Pay Pal is the safer and easier way to make payment without exposing your credit card or bank account number. PayPal can be used to buy items on the Internet too and not limited to transactions on eBay. It is widely accepted globally for electronic transactions on the Internet.
eBay Account You can opened an account in your our country as eBay has a few sites like eBay France, eBay Germany, eBay Australia, eBay Singapore, eBay India, eBay Malaysia, eBay Philippines, and so on. Just fill up the form shown on your PC screen and provide the relevant details required.

Digital Camera (Optional but Recommended) You should take good photos of items that you are selling as this will enable the Buyers to see what they are buying. You will have some advantage over those Sellers that do not have photos of similar items on sale. It is very simple to upload digital photos or images but please remember to re-size them as you do not need a big or very high resolution image for Web. An entry-level digital camera should be able to get you reasonable digital images required.
Items to Sell Finally, you just need to look around your home for used items that are no longer used but occupying storage space. As the item has to be sent by post, it has to be of reasonable size and not items like an old chair or 14″ portable TV otherwise the delivery cost would be very high.I would like to suggest that before you post any items for sale, it would be wise to look at similar items that are being auctioned and see how the Sellers do their postings; e.g. how photos are taken from different angles, how an item is thoroughly described.In fact, you should look for a cheap item that cost only a few dollars and you should have a go at bidding for it. This is to give you a feel of the whole transaction from bidding to settlement to receipt of the item. This experience will benefit you when you start selling your items.So what are you waiting for?Go and buy your first item and then make your first sale!