"I want to tell them that you favor this project. That's why they should put together a proposal."
"It's the other way around. I might favor the project, but I'm not committing to anything until I see a detailed proposal. Since this is somewhat unprecedented, they can give us a draft and we can give some feedback, but eventually they will have to give us their final position. I'm not committing to anything at this point."
"But if they know that you're interested, they'll get pumped up about the project."
"If they aren't already pumped up and they need my help doing so, then perhaps they aren't really in favor of doing this. I'm interested in seeing a proposal. Period. This is a meeting, not a marriage."
"Why are you so skeptical?"
"Put it down as the product of hearing too many great stories that went nowhere. Some of those stories were told by me."