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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain

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Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.

Liz Smith

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On presentations, boardrooms and cultural differences


We were asked to repeat our presentation to the board at headquarters on a Tuesday morning.

What happened that day still blows my mind. We arrived exactly 15 minutes early, so as to have plenty of time to chat before our presentation. Assuming our 10-minute presentation + discussion should take no longer than half an hour, we expected to be on our merry way back to the city for our second lecture by 11am…

Instead, we were ushered into a holding area and kept waiting… for 45 minutes. I am not kidding.  “The board is still in their weekly meeting.” Sure. We were fuming.

This was not the first time we were kept waiting. This was also not the first time we were made to feel like our time wasn’t very important because, let’s face it, we are only ‘students’ with (what they assume) ‘nothing better to do’.

I decided to take a stand and make it clear that this kind of treatment was unacceptable if we were to continue an equal and respectful relationship. When one of the secretaries (who, bless her, had no fault in this) decided to check up on us to see if we needed anything, I had to let someone have it.

With the fires of Mordor snaking at my nostrils from within, I explained, in a level yet firm tone, that we had already sacrificed an important lecture in order to repeat a presentation (as a favour to them, no less) at their headquarters in the middle of nowhere on a weekday morning. Making us wait the better part of an hour for (what was later confirmed) no good reason whatsoever was, simply, rude and disrespectful. Finally, if they did not see us within the next five minutes, we would be leaving because, yes, we actually had other commitments (lectures to attend).

This whole time my fellow English teammates said nothing, a non-reaction I did not quite understand until my housemate Henry later explained that the Brits rarely say what they mean and that my reaction must have been more than enough on its own. And hey, it worked, because (lo and behold) 30 seconds and countless apologies later we were welcomed into the boardroom, nailed our presentation and were out of there in fifteen minutes. Like a boss.

Boom. That’s all I have to say on presentations, boardrooms and cultural differences for the time being. I will write again soon, until then I hope your have an awesome time! Wishing all the very best in 2012!!!

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“One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other.”
– Chinese Proverb
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Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.”

– Thomas Jefferson

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“You will never “find” time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”
– Charles Bruxton
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From the Classroom to Consultancy #7


Catch-up with the previous episode here.

Our team nailed our client proposal presentation!

Both our module leader and our client were very pleased with both the delivery and content, except for one ‘slight’ comment to be made about the latter.

We had to outline our project plan, including our research methods and the feasibility of our solution. When it all came down to it, we had actually put too much on our plate! It’s a good thing our module leader pointed it out, because not only were we way over our heads in work, but also we now no longer need to wonder if we’re doing enough.

We’re In Over Our Heads!

We need to figure out two things:

1. How to narrow things down (tough because all the areas we have researched seem equally important!)

Sometimes it makes sense to do less and do it well, rather than take on more and run out of time.

2. Create a detailed schedule of what will be done – when, and by whom.

This will probably have to be done before we attempt anything else. That way each team member will be assigned a specific role in the group, ensuring we are better organized and our time is spent more efficiently and productively from now on.

Getting Started

We’ve talked to our clients,and now it’s time to kick-start our market research. Within days we will be joining in some form of activity, event, or service offered by the organisation. We will shadow the activities and briefly interview the participants in order to gain some insight. We will essentially try to uncover why there are less males than females among the existing service users for our clients and whether the users, especially the men, have any suggestions on how to address this situation.

Meanwhile, I’ll be working on my individual project plan (worth 10% of our overall grade) that’s due by the end of the month.

Do I vow to finish it ahead of time and not pull another all-nighter?

Not really, no, because let’s face it: Procrastination is part of being a student, right?

Barbara Oberc is a StudentEvents.com Campus Ambassador at the University of Newcastle in the UK! Each week she’s updating us on her progress through her epic final year management consultancy project!

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“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

– Douglas Adams
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