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Making a Proposal to a Board of Directors: Power Networking Tips & Techniques

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Making a Proposal to a Board of Directors: Power Networking Tips & Techniques

Making a Proposal to a Board of Directors: Power Networking Tips & Techniques by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire.

People join nonprofit boards of directors for a myriad of reasons. Making connections, building influence and a desire to make a genuine change in the status quo can be common reasons.

Becoming a member of a high profile board of directors can accelerate your networking activities and can place you in contact with people that can be influential in moving your career or business forward.

Yet many new directors become frustrated when they find that others aren’t as passionate about the causes that they believe in.

Making a Proposal to a Board of Directors: Power Networking Tips & Techniques

Sometimes discussion about an agenda item can be jump started by using a proposal. An effective proposal, presented both verbally and in writing, gives every member as complete a picture of the issue as possible.

Some elements to include in the verbal proposal:

  • An overview which describes why this item is important and worth group time
  • Goals you want the issue to achieve.
  • A description which details what the item is about and its history
  • A list of pro’s and con’s

Some elements to include in the written proposal:

The INTRODUCTION presents and summarizes the problem you intend to solve and your solution to that problem, including the benefits the reader/group will receive from the solution and the cost of that solution.

The BODY of the proposal should explain the complete details of the solution: how the job will be done, broken into separate tasks; what method will be used to do it, including the equipment, material, and personnel that would be required; when the work will begin; and, when the job will be completed. It should also present a detailed cost breakdown for the entire job.

The CONCLUSION should emphasize the benefits that the reader will realize from your solution to the problem and should urge the reader to action. It should be encouraging, confident and assertive in tone.

Once a proposal is introduced (and ideally it should be handed out well before the meeting so people have enough time to think about it), a listing of issues and concerns can be brain-stormed and worked through, discussion can happen about the issues and concerns, and a new, modified proposal can be drafted. Once sufficient discussion has occurred you may want to generate several alternative proposals and see if any of them work for the group. Often, by combining elements of multiple proposals, the end result is found.

Sometimes starting a discussion with a proposal can lead the group astray by starting at a particular place which may exclude other ideas or options. It can be helpful to introduce astarting proposal as just a starting place to get discussion going on the issue, rather than finished thinking about the issue.

As discussion on a subject is winding down, concerns have been aired and discussed, call for a proposal. It may be useful to have a break after the discussion to let people mingle more, then after the break call for proposals for consideration.



Last modified on Friday, 07 October 2016 02:36
Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.


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