6.6 Exercises

You may need to consult the videos available on [51] to answer some of the questions.

  1. Now that you know a little bit more about the consulting process, what are 2 things that appeal to you about it? What are 2 things that are more off-putting to you?

  2. What are some ethical ideals that would guide your choice of quantitative work (employment, contracts, etc.)?

  3. Which of the quantitative consulting roles appeals the most to you? The least?

  4. Do any of the items on the Consulting Cheat Sheet surprise you? Is there anything that is not on the list that you think should/could be added?

  5. What does the “Tyranny of Past Success” refer to in the marketing context? How would you try to mitigate against it? Do you think this tyranny also applies in other contexts?

  6. How could you address the (potential) differences between your business social media needs and your personal ones?

  7. When would you consider sending a prospective client to someone else? What are the advantages of doing so?

  8. What kind of small talk would you feel comfortable doing?

  9. Among the factors listed in favour of/against working alone or as part of a team, which ones are more compelling to you?

  10. How long do you think team meetings should last? How frequently should they occur?

  11. What might be some reasons for you to walk away from a project at the contracting stage?

  12. What does work-life balance mean to you? What does your Time Management table look like? In re: Hofstadter’s Law, what do you think your factor is (how much longer does it take you to do things than you believe it will, on average)?

  13. Can you provide an example of a knowledge gap?

  14. What would you say your Top 3 quantitative analysis skills are? Where do you need to improve? What would you like to learn more about?

  15. Why might the best academic solution not be an acceptable consulting solution?

  16. What do you think are the easiest deliverables to prepare? The hardest? The most annoying?

  17. Why do some consultants sometimes feel that invoicing is problematic?

  18. What is the importance of the post-mortem (internal or external)?

  19. What do you think are the 3 most important lessons about clients? Why?

  20. What do you think are the 3 most important lessons about consultants? Why?

  21. What is business development? Why should consultants care about business development?

  22. What are client’s worries in the consulting process? What drives their choice of consultants?

  23. What are the components of the trust equation? How important are they to build trust?

  24. What trust equation components do you feel that you would need to improve the most? The least?

  25. Write a paragraph explaining why you are taking this introductory course in quantitative consulting. Were you precise, clear, and accurate? Is this technical writing? Does it need to be?

  26. Write a rough outline (with section and sub-section headers and main ideas) for a blog article on a topic of your choice. Keep in mind that the document’s organization is dependent on the target audience.

  27. Revise the italicized vague words and phrases, specifying exact information. Invent numbers and modify the rest of the sentences as required.

    • I have a low GPA.

    • The b-ball player was really tall.

    • I’ll be home as soon as possible.

    • The team has a losing record.

    • The computer has lots of memory.

  28. Change the following long words to shorter words.

    • utilize

    • anticipate

    • cooperate

    • indicate

    • initially

    • presently

    • prohibit

    • inconvenience

  29. Change the following phrases to one word.

    • in the event that

    • at this point in time

    • with regard to

    • in the first place

    • is of the opinion that

    • due to the fact that

    • make revisions

    • take into consideration

    • with the exception of

    • make an adjustment to/of

  30. Revise the following long sentences, making them shorter.

    • I will be calling you on May 31 to see if you have any questions at that time.

    • If I can be of any assistance to you in the evaluation of this proposal, please feel free to give me a call.

    • The company is in the process of trying to cut the cost of expenditures relating to the waste of unused office supplies.

    • I am of the opinion that graduate students have too much work to do.

    • In the month of July, my family will make a visit to the province of New Brunswick.

    • It is the company’s plan to take action to avoid problems with hazardous waste.

    • On two different occasions, the manager of personnel met with at least several different employees to ascertain whether or not they were in agreement with the company’s policies regarding overtime.

  31. Reformat the following text by using highlighting techniques. Consider using bullets or numbers, headings, boldface or underlining, and white space.

    To make a pie chart using your word processing package’s graphic components, turn on the machine. Once it has booted up, double click on the word processing icon. After the system is open, click on “graphic,” scroll down to “chart,” and double click. Next, click on “data chart types” and select “pie.” Once you have done this, input your new data in the “data sheet.” After this has been completed, click anywhere on the page to import your new pie chart. If you want to make changes, just double click again inside the pie chart; then you can revise according to your desires.

  32. Make a list of 4-6 acronyms or abbreviations from an area of interest. What percentage of the audience understand your acronyms? Define / explain the terms for low-tech peers and for lay readers.

  33. Describe your footwear, as accurately as possible. Without knowing the purpose of the task, how difficult is it to know how long or how specific you should be?

  34. Offer a technical writing critique of this document (there are numerous inconsistencies).