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Thursday, July 20, 2006

The MBA Tour 06-07 Registrations going on now

Even if you're not sure about an MBA for you or you really need some comparison and hard questions answered... go to this. The top 150 MBA Schools split themselves between this MBA Tour and the World MBA Tour These tours are a must for any MBA candidate who is the research stages of their application process.

The MBA Fair 2006

Engage in a dialogue with business school representatives and alumni

• Participate in interactive panels and MBA fair
• Match your interests to program options
• Discover opportunities for financial aid and scholarship
• Identify the advantages of Canada, Europe and the USA

The MBA Tour Calendar 2006-2007

September 2006
Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore

September 2006
New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai

Latin America
October 2006
Mexico City, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Quito, Bogota

September/October 2006
San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston

November 2006
Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver

3 Regions
January/February 2007
South Asia (India)
Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi
Middle East (UAE)
Istanbul (Turkey), Athens (Greece)

January/February 2007
London, Moscow, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Dublin


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, could you advise on what attire I should wear to attend this event and what I should bring (e.g. resumes)?

9:50 AM  
Blogger Dave for MBA said...

Wear Business Casual. I've seen suits, but only because they're coming from work or are kissing ass. Wear something that shows confidence in who you are. Put away the body jewelry and cover up tattoos. Be comfortable because you'll be standing for at least 3-4 hours. If you're fatigued, it'll show. Bring something to take notes with. (i.e. leather bound thin binder that holds a pad of paper is perfect). You'll be getting a bag at the entrance to hold all your stuff as you go. They pass them out at the entrance.

The most important thing you can do to prepare other than your looks is to prepare a 30 second summary of that shows who you are in 3-5 sentences along with 2 significant things about you. (Not necessarily accomplishments, but things that generally describe what you've been doing) This is not a speech on why you are a good MBA candidate. This is a candid speal on you. If you try to turn it into why you're a good candidate... I'll be honest... it turns into nothing less than a pompous message.

Practice it at least 20 times before going and practice it with a friend to get feedback. Have this ready as you ask any question because you need to put a context on who you are .

Hi my name is XXXX and I have a few questions about a, b, c. Before I ask my questions, I'd like to quickly tell you a bit about myself if you don't mind.

Get it? (It shouldn't be longer than 30 secs or you'll lose them)

It's absolutely impossible to provide answers that are custom to you unless the person knows about you. Otherwise, an answer you receive will result in plain vanilla answers that you could get off of their web site.

I can assure you that this pitch will be THE MOST important thing that you can do to make a lasting positive impact. I've been in situations where the impact of this pitch resulted in the person pro-actively asking me if I could e-mail them privately after the Tour because my profile showed promise.

I'm pretty sure, it wasn't just my profile per se, but it was the pitch of my profile. Nobody really does it at these events. And when they do, it's boring and lacks clear bullet points to hang onto.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great advise. Thanks so much!

5:08 PM  

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