In all written and oral communication concerning your proposal, it is important to use the word “approval” to imply that the proposal will be approved.

It is important to make a formal presentation, knowing that you will be interrupted and questioned. It helps to begin by creating a first-class presentation on what you plan to do. Many students make the mistake of going into the proposal meeting, whether it’s face-to-face or via telephone, and waiting for the chairperson to lead the meeting. However, starting with an outstanding presentation will impress the committee and increase the likelihood that they will approve your proposal.