When I served as dissertation chair or committee member for dozens of doctoral candidates, I learned what separated those who made steady, almost effortless progress and graduated from those who became helplessly mired in the process, suffering stress & frustation, and ultimately resigning themselves to terminal ABD status. I took those lessons and began applying them in my coaching work. And, almost like magic, my students began making progress much faster than their peers! I continued to refine my methods until I arrived at a formula that helped students finish a full year faster than they otherwise would. I call it the Dissertation Done Fast Track Formula .
13. Include a title on your proposal. I'm amazed at how often the title is left for the end of the student's writing and then somehow forgotten when the proposal is prepared for the committee. A good proposal has a good title and it is the first thing to help the reader begin to understand the nature of your work. Use it wisely! Work on your title early in the process and revisit it often. It's easy for a reader to identify those proposals where the title has been focused upon by the student. Preparing a good title means: