Requests for proposals (RFPs) are common in the corporate and nonprofit worlds. When organizations need help with a project, they often write RFPs and send them out to get a wide range of proposals and bids.
Winning the project can be very competitive, which can make responding to an RFP a little intimidating—especially if you’ve never written a response to one before.
Do you use the first person in some articles and third person in others? Do you spell out state names sometimes and other times abbreviate them?
To be an effective business writer, you need to have a consistent style.
The best way to achieve consistency is by following a style guide or a style manual.
Two of the best-known style guides are TheAssociated Press Stylebook and TheChicago Manual of Style. Many publishers use one of these books as a guide for language use, such as spelling, abbreviations, and punctuation. They’ll then add their own style preferences that are particular to their own organization.