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Traits That Hone Your Grant Writing Skills

The demanding and competitive economy has now came to an era where the skill to convince people has became a necessity. This means that, you either talk to people vis-à-vis, and/or you send them a good communication piece in order to transact and build relationship with them, whether it is professional or personal.

No matter how much you shy away from pens and keyboards, you will still be asked to write at one point or another.

The demanding and competitive economy has now came to an era where the skill to convince people has became a necessity. This means that, you either talk to people vis-à-vis, and/or you send them a good communication piece in order to transact and build relationship with them, whether it is professional or personal.

But particularly, we have to tackle an instance where one has to ink out for sheer necessity: when one has to compose a grant proposal. You know that thing, when you want to pursue a college degree but somehow needed some bucks for it, or when the house badly needed a repair, but you’re too broke to have it fixed. There’s a pressing urge to ask for some financial aid right? And we’re sorry to spill the bad news, there’s no way to avoid this from happening.

So there’s not really a point for clearing off from some grant writing workshops. But you have to know the good news that you have the skills, believe it or not. Everybody has it as a matter of fact that developed the version of our childhood ability to whine or barter for what we want. The only problem is that as we grow up, we forget how to demand or cleverly deal with people to get what we need. The only way to recover and improve this ability is to mull over these traits:

1. Great Concern for Others

Without your genuine concern for the hopeful beneficiaries of the endowment, nothing can be accomplished. Compassion is the secret sauce for writing convincing proposals. You may not have Shakespeare’s prowess in weaving words, but as long as you feel strongly for the subject you’re telling about, you’re good to go. The great thing about written communication is that the readers can smell if there’s passion in the paper. Guess, the best grammarians are not always the one who win the Pulitzer.

2. Entitlement

If you don’t feel that you deserve to get the help, then why would you ask in the first place? If there’s something that you think you deserve, then go and demand with all your might and charm and cunning. The world will not stoop to ask you of your needs. You go and ask them. That’s what differentiates a child from a grown up, they don’t think too much if their wish will be given or not before they ask for it. The important thing is that they wished and told those who can provide them. The rest is up to the world.

3. Creativity

Find ways. Negotiate, sweeten the deal, or get an ally. If it doesn’t work, go be insistent until you won. There never really is a phrase such as “cannot be.” That’s one thing you have to learn in an environment of tight competition. There is always a way to get what you needed if you have the creativity and persistence enough. If a grantor rejects you, it only means that your strategy didn’t work, not that you’re doomed forever.

4. Obedience

Never dare to break instructions and deadlines. Even if no one stresses the rule to you, you still have to be careful and follow strictly. Ignoring rules is not only foolhardy, it’s dangerous. Need say, it has already killed many reputations. Don’t let it ruin yours even before you fully developed your grant writing skills.

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