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The ridiculously formal way MBAs learn the casual art of conversation


Conversation is supposed to be more art than science, but it seems the future kings of industry aren’t taking any chances. The below worksheet is handed out to MBA students by one of the top business schools in the U.S. It’s essentially an algorithm designed to help Wall Streeters and business school grads concoct pre-meditated points of conversation and anecdotes about themselves that would appear impressive at corporate dinners and cocktail parties.

Apparently they have a strategy for everything.


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  1. I like it!

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  2. Anyone smart would see right through someone who tried this. I would think them a bore, and would move on to find more interesting conversation at the earliest opportunity.

    Better to read Dale Carnegie than follow this. The quality I find most attractive is the ability to listen. If you are waiting for your opportunity to speak, you are definitely not listening.

  3. This actually looks like a good way to scope out some topics for a presentation or a conference, maybe even as the main things you want to have conversations about with other people at a party, especially under the glut of information in our society.

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