Our first-ever Black Belt Supreme course launched in June, and we had an overwhelming response. Sadly, a number of you procrastinators missed out.

Never fear! With the crazy recruiting cycle, we know the pressure that you are under and we are here to help you out!

Today, we’re introducing Black Belt Supreme round TWO!

Note: Number of available spaces remaining are updated daily below (paragraph 13).

What do you get?

Black Belt Supreme  includes 6 live webinars (recorded for later viewing if you’re doing something important – like snowboarding), 30 days of focused interview homework, and access to 1:1 Black Belt Supreme case partners – all of this IN ADDITION to the already-awesome content of Black Belt Deluxe (10 hours of 1:1 coaching, a full resume/cover letter edit, and our complete MC Book Bundle).

With only 30 available spots and 12 already filled, there are only 18 slots left. Time is running short, so you better get in quick as we’re filling slots on a first-come, first-served basis. Our counter below is updated as spots are snatched up, so you’ll know if you still have a shot at joining our Black Black Supreme course.

Sign-ups for the new Black Belt Supreme course close October 31st – no exceptions.

Sign me up already!

How do you lock in your spot?

All you have to do is sign up for Black Belt Deluxe by October 31, 2014, and email us that you want in on Black Belt Supreme.

Easy, right? Not only that, but you receive the following extras:

  • 6 live webinars (recorded in case you’re doing something important – like working or snowboarding)
  • 30 days of focused interview homework
  • Access to fellow Black Belt Supreme case partners for 1:1 peer practice

Don’t forget – Black Belt Supreme registration closes October 31!

Finally, a few answers to some FAQs we’ve been getting…

Do you have to use all of my 1:1 coaching hours in November?

Nope – you can use the hours at any time, and as always with our hours, they never expire.

However, the webinars happen in November and December, and we’d recommend that you do at least 3-4 sessions during that time frame so you can put what you’re learning into practice. 

Do you have to complete my resume/cover letter edit right away?

No way. You can start the editing process at any time – again, our editing services never expire.

However, after starting the process, you have only 14 days to complete the editing with us – that keeps everyone sane.

You have lots of case practice. Will this help?

Definitely. One thing Black Belts – who are already overachievers – know is that it’s not about lots of practice – it’s about top-notch quality practice.

We walk through both fit and case interviews in detail, answer tons of story and strategy questions, and then pick apart your personal performance.

Although some have been close to ready for Interview Day, we’ve only met a handful of people – out of thousands of clients – who didn’t need our help.

What makes Black Belt Supreme special?

We’ve been running our bootcamps for years now. Many attendees come back to us and ask for more assistance – one day is AWESOME, and they get most of the way there, but it’s just not enough.

For Black Belt Supreme, we break up our 8-hour bootcamp day into the 6 webinar sessions, inviting Q&A and offering recordings. We include a full resume/cover letter edit so you get personal attention for your story. We offer 10 1:1 sessions to practice what we preach. You connect with your peers and keep the practice going.

It’s the trifecta – learning from us, learning from each other, and learning by doing.

How did the June BBS class fare in the Consulting Jungle?

We’re glad you asked! Multiple full-time offers at Bain, BCG and McKinsey for one. Additional offers at Deloitte S&O and both advisory and consulting practices of the Big 4. A shout out to Oliver Wyman.

In short, the class did REALLY well.

Who does BBS?

Your mom. Okay, not really, but we have a wide mix of people. In June’s class, we had 6 countries, a range of ages (from 19-40+), lots of different backgrounds and many different experience levels. It was a rich learning experience.

We open up a Google Doc on the day of the first webinar and you put in just a few specifics about you to make it easier to match you up.

If you want specific insights or connections with good partners, let us know – we’re happy to help.

We don’t normally coordinate dating amongst BBS members, but maybe we should put a “single and ready to mingle” column on there too…

When does BBS actually start?

Right away! Here is our tentative schedule for the webinars (if everyone is in Singapore, for example, we’ll change that up):

  • Nov. 3, 2PM PDT
  • Nov. 8, 9AM PDT
  • Nov. 12, 5PM PDT
  • Nov. 22, 12PM PDT
  • Dec. 5, 9AM PDT
  • Dec. 10, 1PM PDT

Sign up for Black Belt Supreme now!

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Today we bring to you some key ways that you can increase your business understanding and, therefore, your effectiveness in consulting.

As a consultant, you have to look at things in ways that most people would not. You are valued for your ability to review/cut/analyze data and use the results to come up with solutions and strategies to your clients’ dilemmas. In order to do so, you have to stay up to date, continually honing and sharpening business understanding and skills.

We have been working behind the scenes to compile resources to aid you in business understanding. There are other options  -  including our “Consultant for a Day” exercise or the MC Consulting Bootcamps.

However, for some quick understanding, check out these 5 free online courses provided by some of the top universities and graduate programs in the U.S that will enable you to sharpen your business understanding for consulting.

An Introduction to Operations Management

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

Taught by University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Professor Christian Terwiesch, this course will teach you how to analyze and improve business processes, be it in services or in manufacturing. You will learn how to improve productivity, how to provide more choice to customers, how to reduce response times, and how to improve quality.

Be aware that after this course you will look at the world with different eyes – you will start to detect bottlenecks, identify productivity wastes, and come up with ideas to improve business processes. A known side effect of these skills is that you might drive friends, family, or co-workers crazy when you point out their improvement opportunities!

An Introduction to Marketing

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

Broken into three modules of three weeks each, this course is taught by David Bell, Peter Fadell, and Barbara E. Khan; three of Wharton’s top faculty in the marketing department, which is consistently ranked as the #1 marketing department in the world. This course will teach you the fundamentals of marketing by getting to the root of customer decision making. It focuses on branding strategies, customer centricity and new market entry.

Check out this video to hear Karl Ulrich, Vice Dean of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School talk more in depth about the free courses that they offer.

Scaling Up Your Venture Without Screwing Up

Stanford Graduate School of Business

This is a 5-week course taught by two Stanford Graduate School of Business Professors Huggy Rao and Bob Sutton, who have devoted 7 years to understanding the differences between organizations that scale well and those that scale badly. Through this course you will learn the principles that will help you scale up a venture without screwing up.

Consultants are often asked to help businesses grow. This, however, is an age-old question – how do you grow without destroying the success you already have?

At the end of the course, you will be able to answer questions that cut to the heart of the scaling challenge:

  1. How can you avoid the illusion, impatience, and incompetence that are hallmarks for botched scaling efforts?
  2. What should your strategy be? Should you be more structured and replicate one model as you grow? Or should you take a more open approach and encourage local customization as your footprint expands?
  3. How can you avoid cognitive overload on yourself and those you lead, while at the same time, add necessary complexity as your team and organization?

Corporate Finance Essentials

IESE Business School

We regularly get questions on what key skills consultants are looking for, and what classes make sense. Well, here is our common suggestion: acquire hard skills, and study corporate finance to do so.

This course, taught by IESE Business School Professor Javier Estrada, consists of 6 sessions broken up into 6 weeks. Each session is self-contained, requiring no previous knowledge or preparation. Each session consists of video lectures totaling 45-60 minutes.

After finishing this course, you will be able to understand key financial issues related to companies, investors, and the interaction between them in the capital markets. In addition, you should also be able to understand most of what you read in the financial press and use the essential financial vocabulary of companies and finance professionals.

Interviews with Entrepreneurs

Khan Academy

Consultants are story tellers, and the best way to understand how business people communicate is to listen to them speak. Have you heard of mirroring in interviews? If you model your speech and posture off of the one who you are speaking with, you are subconsciously saying – “I’m like you. I can hang with you. We are not equals, but someday, we could be.”

This is a self-paced course provided by the Khan Academy; you can take it at anytime you like. You will learn invaluable management advice from some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, like Elon Musk CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group, Mark Ecko Founder of Ecko Unlimited, and many more.

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If you have other suggestions of ways to grow in business understanding for consulting, we always love to hear them! Pop a comment below or send us an email!

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Beau approached us a few months ago to ask about breaking into consulting. He had the epiphany that consulting was his calling in life, and went searching for details – finding MC in the process.

Beau’s questions are probably similar to your questions – “Is now the right time? I have a crappy undergrad GPA – do I have a chance? Is my resume where it needs to be?” We offered to complete a Power Half Hour for Beau so we could share his process with you – and how we helped him along the way.

If you’re in the same boat – wanting to break in, but without a strategy – check out what we have to say below, and feel free to sign up for a Power Half Hour. Also – scroll down to the end of the article and see what came out of our conversation just 3 weeks after we talked!

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Hey Beau – I’m excited to talk to you today. We’ve got your resume to go through, and as I gather you have a whole bunch of questions about consulting. Is that right?

I do. I have many questions.

Okay, awesome. Which would you like to do first? Do you want to talk about your resume and your experience first, or do you want to talk about the questions that you have?

Well, let’s just go through the resume and maybe that will lead into some of my questions.

Well, I’ve got your resume up, and so I’ll just talk through some of the different stuff that you’ve got on here, and also I’ll answer any of your questions that you’ve got as well.

Commercial Pilot’s Resume

You have a super interesting background. You graduated with your B.S. in business, clearly have a love for aviation and were a professional in the aviation industry from 2006 to 2010. And then have now come back to business. What was happening between 2010 and 2012?

I was using that time to transition into a project management role in media. When the recession hit, my employer lost all the funding for their flight department. I decided that if I was going to transition careers at that point, it was a good time to do it. So I just started really getting training for and looking for opportunities in project management in the media space, and after about a year-and-a-half of just building up the skill set necessary to get one of those roles, I landed a job for a small production company here in Atlanta. We work with a lot of really cool clients. We work with the NFL network, and work on a lots of interesting shows like Honey Boo Boo, and other stuff like that. So that’s what I’m doing now.

Okay, awesome. Now just tell me a little bit about that time there, because this will be a question that a B-school, or a consulting firm will ask you. What were you doing in between 2010, potentially even prior to 2010 to April 2012. Was it a specific class that you were doing?

Tell me honestly. If you said, “I just kind of took the time off” – it’s okay, but I just want to know how to position that in terms of your story.

Yeah, sure. I got a part-time job in a retail store, and in my downtime I just started a learning a lot of the tools necessary in order to be a producer/project manager in media. I learned several software applications, including Final Cut Pro, and After Effects, and other things of that nature. I translated those skill sets into freelance jobs, and I did freelance jobs for artists in a small publishing company.

I eventually built up a little demo reel, and I started presenting that to other companies. I also landed an apprenticeship with a company called Friendly Human Productions. I worked with them for about 6 months basically as an associate producer doing different things, and then that translated into a job as a full-time producer at Inertia Films where I’m at today.

Okay, awesome. That whole story you just told me has to be on your resume. We’ve got to get that on there. It’s complex when you’re doing a whole bunch of freelance work; you’re not alone – a lot of consultants are like this. You basically have to call it something, but you have some freedom under what you call it. So depending on your tax status, maybe you are an independent contractor so you can call it Garrett Films, or whatever you want to.

The issue you’ve got with having just Inertia Films on there right now is that there’s nobody who’s going to believe that you just like woke up and were a producer one day – I’m going to imagine you are probably actually getting coffee for somebody, doing all these really cool things. So if I can see a better history, more timeline and actually more experience, I’m more likely to believe that you’re actually doing something credible in your current role. Okay?

Okay, great. I see what you’re saying. [click to continue…]

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Fall 2014 East Coast Tour Recap

Over the last month, we kicked off our Fall Consulting Bootcamp tour and have trekked up and down the East Coast to several universities – after visits to Columbia, McGill, Duke, Georgia Tech, Yale, Harvard, and Wharton (UPenn), we finally hosted a private bootcamp in New York. We have a number of other bootcamps coming […]

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The MC Consulting Interview Bootcamp – Sunday, Sept. 7 in NYC!

There’s nothing quite like getting some face-to-face time with an MC expert, and our Group Bootcamps get rave reviews. We work with top schools (this week alone we’re at Duke, Yale, Harvard, and Wharton – not too shabby). But what if your school doesn’t offer these programs (yet) – and you want to come spend […]

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