Just how colorful should your professional business documents or proposals be? How much color is too much color? Are you using color to effectively highlight key points are are you splashing color everywhere in hopes of making a poorly worded document seem more interesting or valuable? In the world of business documents color should be used as an emphasis tool and not as a flashy glittery show piece. Each color and section you use color in should have a specific goal and if using that splash of color is not helping reiterate that goal you should think twice about using it.
In a survey published by IDC in 2012, it states information workers waste a significant amount of time each week dealing with the variety of challenges related to working with documents. This wasted time costs the organization more than $19,000 a year per information worker.
Data quality is becoming a prime concern for companies of all sizes, not just the big boys who have traditionally always dealt with these issues. In today’s business environment everything a company does is tracked and measured, the sheer quantity of information available can quickly become overwhelming and at worst, forgotten about or even lost.
Our Data is Safe and Secure… Right?
“You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.” (Elizabeth Bennett)”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
“The mode of declaration.” Elizabeth had it right, didn’t she? The way a proposal is presented and the tools used to communicate your commitment to the project has a huge bearing on how your proposal is met by the client. Now that entails a lot more than sitting a couple of writers down, handing them the required info and asking them to type away. It needs planning, and organization, and a lot more business intelligence than might appear. So here’s a little help to get you going in the right direction and creating that proposal that cannot be refused.
Breakfast seminar presentations are available for download
We would like to thank those of you who attended our breakfast seminar February 2, 2010. We also want to give a special thanks our presenters; Jon Williams of Strategic Proposals, Per Henning Uppstad of UiS, our own Leif Kjetil Skjæveland and Ray Brown of Concurrence. As we mentioned the event was filmed and will be made viewable very soon. Details on how to view the videos will be announced on our webpages shortly.
The event is to be held at Hall Toll, in Stavanger on February 2. Guest presenters will be Jon Williams, Managing Director at Strategic Proposals (UK) and Ray Brown, Managing Director at Concurrence (UK).