Tag: Management Communications Center

Many new students have already arrived, and the first day of classes for everyone else is just around the corner. In the hectic first weeks of a new academic year, we like to point out some of the unique and helpful resources available to Olin students. One such treasure is the Weston Career Center’s Management and Communication Center.

The Weston Career Center and Management Communication Center share a common goal: to ensure that Olin students have the personal and professional skills required for lifelong career advancement in today’s global marketplace. We believe that professional success depends on the ability to communicate effectively, present confidently, and, ultimately influence business decisions.

The WCC–MCC partnership offers an extensive lineup of resources to help students hone marketable communication skills. Through personalized coaching, interactive workshops, and leading-edge technology, the staff of the WCC and MCC guides students as they sharpen professional communication skills that will distinguish them in interviews and help them secure jobs, leading to their career advancement. Graduates of Olin Business School will distinguish themselves among their peers as effective communicators who drive change and lead thinking. Below are some of the services MCC provides to business students:

Advising on résumés and cover letters

Consultants advise on effectively using the Olin résumé format and assist with creating compelling cover letters, making persuasive and descriptive word choices, identifying grammatical and structural weaknesses, and offering recommendations for improvement.

Practice interviews

Through in-person and recorded practice sessions, consultants lead you through behavioral questions common in most interviews. Your responses and body language will be evaluated and a personalized improvement plan is created.

Crafting effective presentations and PowerPoint slides

Personal presence, persuasive language, and audience engagement are just a few of the critical elements of a successful presentation. MCC consultants review your presentations and offer instruction and tips for improvement.

Often the weakest link in a presentation, PowerPoint slides should be a powerful reinforcement of the salient points of your presentation. MCC consultants can offer tips and recommendations for making visually interesting slides that complement the speaker’s points.

Guidance on written assignments

Executive summaries, case reviews, and professional emails are some of the written homework that you will encounter at Olin. Consultants review your written homework and make recommendations to help you develop habits to produce concise, convincing, and logical written work.

English as a second language (ESL) assistance

Consultants help students with the challenges of developing expansive English skills. Practice in pronunciation cultivates an understanding of the importance of intonation in comprehension. Both written and spoken work are evaluated for correct grammar and effective structure. Cultural questions are addressed in a friendly, confidential environment. In addition, the MCC offers individual practice sessions.

Could you use the support of the MCC? Schedule an appointment today. 

If you’ve never tried it, reading your work out loud may feel a bit awkward at first. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll know why it’s the favorite proofreading technique of many writers.


Read-Out-LoudRead what you’ve written out loud

Whether you’re a native or nonnative speaker, hearing what you’ve written helps you refine your writing. First, the technique enables you to catch typos or errors in grammar that you hadn’t noticed with regular proofreading. Plus, it lets you get a “feel” for your own writing style so that you can spot sentences that don’t flow like you intended. If you trip over your words while reading out loud, chances are good that your readers will trip over them, too.

Give it a try on your next piece of writing. It may become your go-to technique.

To make an appointment at the Management Communication Center (MCC), click here.

The “comma splice” is a punctuation error that has been making an appearance all too often in contemporary writing. The error occurs when two complete sentences have been joined by a comma. Here’s an example of what it looks like:

Please let me know when you will be available, I’m really looking forward to meeting you. (Incorrect)

To avoid making this error, be sure to end sentences with a period, question mark or exclamation point.

Please let me know when you will be available. I’m really looking forward to meeting you! (Correct)

Two sentences can also be joined correctly with connecting words (and, but, for, after, because, etc.) or with a semi-colon.

Please let me know when you will be available because I’m really looking forward to meeting you. (Correct)

Please let me know when you will be available; I’m really looking forward to meeting you. (Correct)

Although you’ll see the comma splice often (particularly in emails), it is an error. Don’t let it be your error!

To make an appointment at the Management Communication Center (MCC), click here.

SMP team

Professional Communication Forum Winning Team

The Professional Communication Forum taught by Professors Mark McLaren and Sally Michaels to Master of Accounting (MACC) students culminated Friday, April 22, with four of twelve student teams advancing to the final round.

The panel of judges was comprised of Olin corporate friends from Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Congratulations to the winning team for best overall presentation: Yueying Minjun (Vicky) Chen; Gabe Leiter; Yueying (Maggie) Wu; and Yanyang (Kent) Wang. Great job!

Did you know that high-skill knowledge workers spend 28% of their workweek managing email? That’s according to McKinsey Consulting and another study from Radicati Group claims that the average worker sent and received roughly 122 emails a day in 2015! Olin’s Management Communications Center (MCC) offers some quick and easy tips to reduce the time you spend on emails.

email in envelopesThe key to effective and efficient emails lies in the subject line. A specific, concise subject line about the main idea of your email can increase efficiency and impact. It can help you and others to:
•    file and retrieve emails quickly;
•    send easily-identifiable forwards; and
•    get attention.

For example, let’s say you want to share information about the details of a proposal for Client ABC with your team. Instead of writing:

“Information about details of proposal”  or

“Details about providing new services to ABC”

simply write:

“ABC proposal details”

Your team will know at a glance what the email is about, and your chain will be off to a good, efficient start.

MCC Writing Workshops: Thursdays, 4:00-5:30p
Management Communication Center
Open to all, no reservations necessary. Please bring your laptop.

To make an appointment at the Management Communication Center (MCC), click here.

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