3 Steps to Using Small Talk for Networking
Aug28

3 Steps to Using Small Talk for Networking

As you’re starting your MBA internships and full time positions, you probably have a lot of people telling you to network.  One of the best ways to network is through causal conversation or small talk.  Here’s how: 1.  Ask an open ended question. 2.  Listen for a point that you find interesting. 3.  Ask a followup question on that topic. You can use these 3 steps to build your network and help you turn internships into...

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Words of the Week – play it by ear
Oct19

Words of the Week – play it by ear

Play it by Ear (image: gari.baldi) To play it by ear means to approach a situation without a plan, and let events unfold naturally. Playing it by ear doesn’t happen often in the US, especially in business, because a lot of Americans plan everything they do from careers to meetings to social events. However, students tend to manage time in a more fluid manner. You might hear someone say, “There are three events I’m interested in...

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Conversational English – Y’all
Apr19

Conversational English – Y’all

image: y’all smile for the camera – Brandon and I host exchange students for a southern meal in NC Tim Ferriss, author of best selling “The 4-Hour Work Week,” creator of a truly brilliant life, and one of my current heroes, inspired a new addition to MBA in the USA with his recent blog post about the word y’all. Thanks to Tim, I’m going to complement our Business English buzzwords with Conversational English terms, beginning with...

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