Presentation Skills

Today and tomorrow are dedicated to studying presentation theory, making presentations, analyzing video recordings of our presentations, receiving (and providing) feedback, repeat. Our leader for these sessions is Steve Knight, who has been awesome so far. He has offered plenty of relevant advice to everyone, especially the non-native English speakers. My mobile phone all butContinue reading “Presentation Skills”

International Wisdom

On Monday we had a cultural values exchange–in ICA/E of all places! We were divided into groups by nationality (44 different groups!) and given a list of 12 virtues. Each group was then instructed to provide at least one proverb from its country about each virtue. Although there were many great ones, my two favoritesContinue reading “International Wisdom”

Saturday Night Fever

Last night was a blast. At least a third of our class made it out to l’Atelier Volant, a night club in Lausanne’s Flon district. Several girls in our class have been going there practically every weekend so I figured it must be good. Surely they would have hookups with bartenders, doormen, etc. Objectively speaking,Continue reading “Saturday Night Fever”

Brazilian High

Yesterday was awesome. It was full of surprises from our faculty, each one better than the last. Because some prospective students read this blog and because the surprises were critical to today’s success, I’ll refrain from any real explanation. The cool part was that it was our first day of cross-functional project work: addressing aContinue reading “Brazilian High”

Learning Russian

It’s approaching midnight as we’re working on accounting problem sets, seven guys holed up in a room all night after spending most of our day in here as well. Just spoken in Russian by our Czech to our Belarussian: “Odkryt okna byla tvoja lucnaja idea sevodna.” Excusing the probable misspellings, this translates to “Opening theContinue reading “Learning Russian”

Accounting

If I had to choose one word to describe Accounting professor Stewart Hamilton, it would be “curmudgeonly.” He’s a crotchety old Scot who is very emphatic that we should not question the “why” of accounting practices; we should just accept them. He has already yelled at me in class because I applauded him. I can’tContinue reading “Accounting”

Long night ahead of us

Our group’s ICA/E presentation on the electricity generation industry is due this week and we’re far from completion. We’ve just ordered pizzas to give us an energy boost (CHF 80–$70–for two pies!!!) and I think it’s going to be a long night. At least we’re not the only ones. People are whistling in the hallways.Continue reading “Long night ahead of us”

Marketing

What Ralf refers to as “tra la la” is actually quite interesting. Co-taught by Martin Koschat (Austrian) and Dominique Turpin (French), this course is a case-driven exploration of the entire marketing function, from understanding a market to taking products and services to that market. So far we’ve studied DVD production machine manufacturers, discount airlines, sportContinue reading “Marketing”