Public speaking is a vital skill for career success. I recommend MBA applicants to improve these skills as quickly as possible. These skills will be tested during the interviews, throughout the MBA education, and beyond. Touchdown! strongly encourages MBA applicants and current MBA students to join a local Toastmasters Chapter (http://www.toastmasters.org/)and spend an evening each week
I can see that this is the toughest part of your job.
DB: Yes, I hate it; it is the worst stage. I love making the phone calls but I hate sending letters to people who cannot come here, especially when you can tell that they genuinely want to be here; it is very hard.
Stanford is one of the most popular MBA programs that applicants in China daydream at work about attending and probably the most difficult program to get accepted. Stanford took 14 Mainland Chinese in 2007, which was the highest number so far. I am not yet sure how many they took this year, but my strong feeling is that number likely dropped in 2008.
Earlier this month, an article in Business Week talked about b-schools leaving China. I knew one of the b-schools well, Maryland’s Smith Business School, having helped them with their China business case competitions in past years. I contacted Smith to find out more about why they suspended of their eMBA program in Beijing. With a new business school dean taking over the management of the program, the university decided to take a pause as it re-evaluates all its overseas educational programs. Even though the program offered an excellent education for Chinese middle managers, the cost was too expensive for individuals to pay and most students were sponsored by their companies – a common practice in Korea and Japan – but still rare today in China.
Aside from the obvious red tape and bureaucratic issues of ope