Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Proposal—Planning Guide



Use this planning guide to define the key details for your proposal. When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself, your instructor, or both.
  1. Think of a project for a proposal. Describe that project in the input box below:

  2. Define the problem or situation. In the input box below, describe the problem or situation that requires the project which you are proposing to do:

  3. Define an audience and purpose. In the input box below, describe the audience, purpose, and situation of your proposal:

  4. Describe your proposed project. In the input box below, describe the project that you are proposing to do (make sure it include a technical report or some other kind of technical document, if required):

  5. Describe whatever combination of the results, benefits, feasibility that is appropriate to your proposed project. In the input box below, take some notes on results or benefits of your proposed project and their likelihood (feasibility):

  6. Describe your method and plan. In the input box below, take some notes on how you will do this proposed project:

  7. Create a tentative schedule for your project. Take some notes on :

  8. List your qualifications for the project and references. In the input box below, take notes on the qualifications you have (or would need to have) to qualify for this project:

  9. List the costs, fees, and necessary resources for your proposed project. In the input box below, take some notes on costs, fees, and other resources you'll need to do this project:

  10. Sketch the headings you'll use. List the headings you would use in your proposal and briefly describe the contents of those sections:

  11. Consider the format. In the input box below, take notes on the format you'll for your proposal:

  12. Review and revise your rough draft. In the input box below, take some notes on the information sources you'll need or use in your recommendation report:

    Your name:
    E-mail this planning information to me:
    E-mail this planning information to my instructor:


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