Never end with Q and A

I think the worst way to end a presentation is by asking, "Now, does anyone have any questions?"  It's a presenter's responsibility to make sure your audience gets what they came for.  When you take questions at the end, you lose control.  You're not in charge of what's asked.  You're not in charge of whether […]

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The three most common college essay mistakes

For seniors who are still working on college essays, make sure you avoid the three most common college essay mistakes.  1.  Injecting deep meaning into an event that wasn't all that meaningful at the time. 2.  Claiming an experience taught you a valuable lesson you didn't actually learn, or don't seem to be using today. […]

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Don’t punish the group based on an individual

My favorite quote from one of my favorite books this year: The second something goes wrong, the natural tendency is to create a policy.  'Someone's wearing shorts!?  We need a dress code!'  No you don't.  You just need to tell John not to wear shorts again." Rework

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Don’t let fear hijack your college applications

We've noticed that a lot of students, particularly the highest achievers, hijack their applications.  They hold onto them as late as possible, claiming they want to make just a few more changes, or add a few more edits to their essays, or show their drafts to just a few more people.  Most of the time, […]

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Frozen yogurt and college admissions

If you're ever in Costa Mesa, CA, check out America's Cup yogurt in the Harbor Shopping Center.  And if Garbriel is working, get ready to be impressed. Gabriel looks like your typical teenage kid doing a fairly typical teenage kid's part-time job.  But the way he approaches his job is anything but typical. When you […]

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Making up for our gaffe

If you missed us last night on College Admissions Live for our scheduled show, "How to Make a Great Last Impression:  Improving your chances of admission after you apply," well, that's our fault.  We were there.  We recorded a show.  But we did something stupid and aired it on the channel we set up to […]

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