It caters to the needs of its audience, readers. It accomplishes this by providing the information, entertainment, opinion or instruction they seek. Effective writing possesses clarity.
I recently attended a BPMA mentoring session. Business Plans and Business Cases Our topic today was business plans. In our break-out groups, we were to discuss the best way to develop business plans. In advance of the session, Deepthi Bathina, who heads up the executive mentorship program for the BPMA, prepared a comprehensive list of steps one can consider when writing a business plan.
Below are the notes I took from the five-person discussion at our table. Our experience was more focused on creating internal business cases, rather than business plans. Background Understand if senior management really has an appetite for risk and new product development.
This process is likely more rigorous and coated with red tape in good ways and bad at larger companies. There may even be templates that are required.
Also, if the business case is for a product line extension, that could be different than, say, for a new market, new product entirely, or new customer segment. When gathering information, leverage your internal resources. Call a friend in finance to get the cost of capital, call a cycling buddy in development to get a sense of how long it takes to develop x.
The more you can get from internal sources versus guesstimatingthe better.
In addition, build allies. Not just information sources, but trusted people, ideally some of whom will be in the room when you present, or one of the people reading the final document. Get some buy-in and backing, so when the case is presented, at least a few people will nod their heads or ask good questions to draw our more information.
Doing the Work The amount of market sensing and market research cannot be underestimated. This might be where one spends the most time. Instead, run through the appropriate framework, and summarize the results or meaning on a slide or page. The power of customer interviews should not be underestimated.
This data can do wonders to help shape a product vision and direction. Even new products have customers, though they might not be in front of your face.
For those, one needs to think dynamically and broadly on how to find or reach them. For example, if a new product has an opportunity to affect positively the sales of another product and increase the recurring services revenue, those are both good things to know and accentuate in a presentation or document.
Another thing to keep in mind when people start to make decisions: Financial Projections When showing projections, use a financial model. On a separate slide or in the appendix, show your inputs and assumptions. Make sound assumptions in absence of readily-available data. Cite where you obtained the assumptions to validate that they are sound.
When presenting values, show realistic values, and then be prepared to show a lo and hi version as well, should some of the inputs change. Know which direction the model will go when each input is altered in a particular direction a sensitivity analysis.
When presenting the financial model, test it first with some colleagues — your allies, some people in your network, or even BPMA colleagues. Also, understand the appetite is for a deep financial discussion, versus a high-level one. Time Management and Presentation How much time spent preparing these business cases varies.
Some suggested ways to estimate that: Is it 3 days? The more time to prepare, the meatier the content should be.
How long do you have to pitch?Of all the classes I took in college and graduate school, the two that have helped me most in my career have been English Composition and Business English.
In these classes I learned effective writing skills which I have used in every job I have ever had. The 5 Cs of Business Writing Activity 5 Click on the words to put them in order to form a sentence describing one of the five Cs of business writing.
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Your letter should be: • Clear: Make sure your purpose and intent is clear to the reader. Lesson Overview: Science fiction is an ideal medium for exploring issues in science in terms of good science and how science works and society while at the same time addressing the basics of literacy.
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View _Five_Cs_of_Business_Writing from BIOLOGY at North Carolina State University. A- Five C's of Business Writing A good business letter is always written with the reader in mind. The.