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Overview of the Consequences Chapter

The Consequences chapter is an important component in the structure of a business proposal document. This chapter is specifically designed to address the results or effects of past decisions and actions, as well as to predict the potential future outcomes of proposed actions. By analyzing consequences, either past or anticipated, the chapter helps demonstrate thorough consideration and thinking behind the proposal's recommendations.

How is the Consequences Chapter Used?

When used in a business proposal, the Consequences chapter is used to illustrate the thought process and analytical depth that has gone into the development of the proposal. It serves to justify the proposed course of action by detailing what could happen if certain paths are followed or ignored. This chapter supports the proposal's objectives by discussing the outcome of choices, providing a persuasive argument for why a particular decision should be considered.

What is Included in the Consequences Chapter?

Typically, the Consequences chapter includes:

  • Historical Analysis: A review of past actions and their direct and indirect outcomes.
  • Predictive Outcomes: A forecast of possible future results based on the proposed actions.
  • Cause-and-Effect Relationships: Clear linkages that connect specific actions to their outcomes.
  • Intended and Unintended Results: Discussion on both the expected and unexpected effects of an action.
  • Comparative Scenarios: Side-by-side comparison of different situations and their potential different consequences.


Use Case Examples for the Consequences Chapter

  • In a proposal for a new marketing strategy, describing the positive growth experienced from past campaigns and predicting future market share increases.
  • When proposing an IT upgrade, outlining the potential risks and disruptions of not updating technological resources.
  • In environmental policy proposals, detailing the long-term environmental degradation if current practices are continued versus the benefits of adopting new sustainable practices.
  • For a human resources initiative, analyzing the turnover rates before and after the implementation of new employee engagement programs.
  • In a proposal for funding, describing the consequences of both securing funding (expansion and growth) and not receiving funding (missed opportunities and potential downsizing).


Key Takeaways

  • The Consequences chapter is important for justifying decisions in business proposals.
  • It provides a historical and predictive analysis of actions and their outcomes.
  • This chapter helps in illustrating the thoughtful consideration behind a proposal.
  • It includes both intended and unintended results of proposed and past actions.
  • Effective use of this chapter can significantly enhance the persuasive power of a business proposal.


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Alternate chapters are those which may be used instead of this chapter depending on your situation. Alternate chapters may be better suited for different size projects, more specialized projects, or variations on rights.

Alternate Chapters

Related chapters may be used in conjunction with this chapter depending on your situation. Many related chapters are intended to be used together to form a more complex and integrated proposal.

Related Chapters

Document Layouts Using the Consequences Chapter

This template is used in the following template layouts.
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The Consequences chapter and other chapters are integrated into a Word document as illustrated here in the Proposal Pack In Motion #8 design theme. There are hundreds of design themes available, and every design theme includes the Consequences chapter template.

A proper business proposal will include multiple chapters. This chapter is just one of many you can build into your proposal. We include the complete fill-in-the-blank template in our Proposal Pack template collections. We also include a library of sample proposals illustrating how companies in different industries, both large and small, have written proposals using our Proposal Packs. This template will show you how to write the Consequences.

We include a chapter library for you to build from based on your needs. All proposals are different and have different needs and goals. Pick the chapters from our collection and organize them as needed for your proposal.

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Use the Consequences template to describe the past consequences (results or effects) or anticipated future consequences of actions. Consequences can be foreseen and intended, or unforeseen and unintended. Are you listing consequences of past actions to make a point? Are you describing consequences you believe will occur to prove that you have thoughtfully considered all the possible ramifications of your proposal? After this introduction, construct cause-and-effect statements to describe existing or expected consequences.
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