Fall Speaking Tour: University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Published: September 7, 2013

Of all the Speakers we booked this year, you had the best response from our students!  In fact, in the past few years, you’re the best speaker we’ve had!

Sonia Honne-Gonzalez, Senior Program Coordinator, UT Austin, Texas

Probably one of my favorite schools to speak at, I returned for my 3rd consecutive year to Ann Arbor to lead a 2-hour workshop with the top-notch and down-to-earth students at Ross (http://www.bus.umich.edu/)

First of all, someone had told the students to arrive early in order to get a seat… and a handful of students arrive 45 minutes early!  It actually worked out well for them because not only did they get a front-row seat, but we got to connect and have some laughs before the event started.

Even though it was a late workshop (started at 8pm!) ~150 students attended the event and we had a lot of fun.  Some of the students were very good sports as I picked on them a bit during the presentation, and I had the chance to hear some really well-delivered personal pitches!  Its great to see the collaborative and fun environment that U of M fosters amongst the students.

It was a great surprise for everyone when they learned that Booz & Company (www.booz.com) had purchased copies of the book for them as a gift!  Everyone got to take some “Rockstar” home.  Even me… this email follow-up definitely made me feel like a Rockstar:

“I’d like to thank you for coming over to Ross and dedicating so much of your time and effort for us. It was truly a very informative and resourceful session. To be honest, I was initially under the impression that we would be subjected only to “teasers” from the book with no real take-aways. But I was completely wrong! Ironically the same day, I was attending a workshop at one of the clubs at Ross and one of the panelists actually said, “You can’t write a book on how to network.”

I will certainly be directing him to your website to check it out.”

Thanks so much for the vote of confidence!  Overall, it was a wonderful time in Ann Arbor, and a great partnership with Booz & Company!