четверг, 17 ноября 2011 г.

11/11/11 at SKOLKOVO: secrets of getting to know people

On 11.11.11 an event in an unusual form took place at SKOLKOVO. Our guests has a chance to meet 11 SKOLKOVO MBA representatives “face-to-face” sticking to the speed dating rules. Each had just 11 minutes to tell about himself, to win the companion’s favour, to ask for advice or to get answers to his questions.

At 11.11 AM sharply the event started, and for more than two hours our guests were wandering between the tables to meet the SKOLKOVO experts. The event ran extremely actively; there were even cases of competition for a place at this or that business-school representative’s table. As a result everybody was delighted and after the end of the official part had an opportunity to continue discussion with the most interesting companion over a coffee. And our 11th guest received a souvenir – a book from the SKOLKOVO series.



We also engaged ourselves in the form of brief meetings and held a rapid quiz of the SKOLKOVO representatives. Find out opinions of our experts on how it’s better to proceed during the first meeting and what should be avoided, and discover the secrets of entering the SKOLKOVO MBA programme.

1. How should one introduce himself, proceed and what should he talk about you in order to impress you?

Lawrence Wright, SKOLKOVO start-up projects director, he also leads SKOLKOVO entrepreneurial eco-system:
«I suppose the key secret is to inspire the companion. One should focus on his own vision. People just can’t remember much information, that is why one should speak clearly about the project concept, explain why it’s important and offer a couple of others short points that are easy to keep in mind».


Tatiana Scherban, SKOLKOVO Director of Career Development and Admission department:
«People are my key occupation; I work with people, that is why each person is interesting for me».


Nadezhda Kuznetsova, in charge of Students’ Individual and Career development:

«Presence of personality makes the strongest impression. If a person is vivid, interested, if he has his own opinion, it will be always fascinating to talk to him. If a person speaks so or has such questions that show that he has an outlook, has dreams, that he differs from others, he will be always welcomed at SKOLKOVO».


Stepan Kolesnechenko, SKOLKOVO MBA student of the third intake:
«People who have already achieved something, who clearly understand what they need, make the strongest impression on me. The point is that many don’t have a strong opinion why they are here, what they want and what the result is going to be. No dream, no dear purpose. For sure, in the process new ideas come, some drive appears. However if a person enters a business-school and invests a significant sum of money, he should understand why he does it, why it is interesting for him. He should have the entrepreneurial spirit inside, his eyes should glow. And I suppose that the future of SKOLKOVO is based on people who have this drive, who understand that they invest money on this stage, but they are already living another life, in some other condition where this money doesn’t play any role».


Irina Linnik, SKOLKOVO MBA Alumni, graduated 2010, co-founder of "Knopka Zhizni":
«People buy you as a personality but not the words you speak out. That is why it is the worst variant when people try to adjust to the companion. Be yourself, be self-confident, don’t spell out everything that crosses your mind but try to deliver the information that could be interesting for the companion. If you came to find something out, you should listen more than talk».




2. What is better to avoid during the first meeting?

Lawrence Wright, SKOLKOVO start-up projects director:
«Don’t talk too much. The most important is not to reveal everything in order to arouse desire to meet one more time and also to inspire an investor, to make him believe».


Tatiana Scherban,
SKOLKOVO Director of Career Development and Admission department:
«There is only one rule – don’t be indifferent!»


Nadezhda Kuznetsova, in charge of Students’ Individual and Career development:
«While going through admission procedures don’t show that you don’t actually understand the SKOLKOVO business-school peculiarities and haven’t followed its activity. It is not quite good if a person can’t think out of the short-term purposes, for instance, he wants a position and a salary, but why? What is next? It proves that the person doesn’t think about long-term aims and doesn’t look at world widely. Boredom in the eyes and needless self-assurance give up on the person faster than anything».


Stepan Kolesnechenko, SKOLKOVO MBA student of the third intake:
«Don’t say that you have a successful business. As soon as you start to talk about how wonderful and successful you are, especially if you meet with your partners who really have a successful business, you will be received as a person who can’t estimate himself and his position. That is why it’s necessary to speak about all weaknesses and problems and about the ways to solve them. Be as open and sincere as possible. As if this partner or investor agrees to work with you and later finds out that you were unfaithful, the partnership will be ended».


Irina Linnik, SKOLKOVO MBA Alumni, graduated 2010, co-founder of "Knopka Zhizni":
«Don’t come if you have nothing to propose as you only have one try. Each meeting is an investment – if you don’t invest, you won’t receive anything. The more experienced a person is, the shorter and meatier meetings are».



3. Which trait in students do you appreciate the most?

Lawrence Wright, SKOLKOVO start-up projects director:
«I appreciate sincerity and readiness to work hard».

Tatiana Scherban, SKOLKOVO Director of Career Development and Admission department:
«A person should be bright and interesting. He may not know something or not acquire the qualification needed, but it is a bright personality and I’m willing to communicate with him. This is already a lot to enter the SKOLKOVO business school».

Nadezhda Kuznetsova, in charge of Students’ Individual and Career development:
«We value how a person understands what he wants, whether he is able to formulate his business-aims. It is also significant that the person is realistic with his own purposes and ways to achieve them, he shouldn’t have his head in the clouds».


1 комментарий:

  1. Some decent knowledge I got here through these established personalities. I think these are better steps for knowing people and for build our own personality.
    2d to 3d

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