MBA or EMBA Recommendation Talking Points


The Recommendation Talking Points service is a detailed outline that defines topics and supporting examples that your recommender can use to structure in his/her recommendation.
The Recommendation Talking Points document guides your recommender in structuring the recommendation. This is especially helpful for busy recommenders. In my experience, even recommenders who are very enthusiastic about your application to business school will put off writing your recommendation until the eleventh hour.
Another service I offer called Recommendation Editing can compliment the Recommendation Talking Points service. Recommendation Editing gives your recommender the opportunity to work with me and have his/her recommendation edited/commented. Editing gives you peace of mind knowing that your recommender is communicating clearly in written English, accurately conveying his/her ideas and avoiding inadvertently divulging something that could adversely affect your application.

Deliverable: A detailed recommendation outline (main ideas and supporting details) that your recommender can use to inspire or structure his/her recommendation.

Process: You’ll fill out Recommendation Talking Points Template → 1.5-hour Phone Call → 1st Draft of Recommendation Talking Points → You’ll provide me with feedback → Subsequent Edits → You’ll send the final draft of the Talking Points document to your recommender

You’ll fill out the Recommendation Talking Points Template. We then use the Recommendation Talking Points Template and your resume during a 1.5 hour call to discuss which stories and qualities your recommender should highlight. I’ll then draw up the Talking Points document which you’ll give to your recommender.

Turnaround Time: Each service contains several deliverables. The turnaround time for any one deliverable (like new edits to a document based on client feedback) is a maximum of two business days (see the FAQs for more information). Total turnaround time is a function of a) the client’s availability to schedule calls and b) the amount of time the client requires to provide feedback on drafts. A typical timeline follows.

  • Day 1: Client receives Recommendation Talking Points Template.
  • Day 3: Client fills in document with personal observations.
  • Day 5: Client meets with recommender to get the recommender’s insights. Client adds these observations to the document and returns it to the Consultant.
  • Days 6: 1.5-hour phone call to discuss the client’s observations and findings and to discuss which stories and qualities the recommender should highlight.
  • Day 8: Client receives first draft of the Talking Points.
  • Day 8: Client’s feedback is received. Either a call will be scheduled in the next day or two or the client will receive an updated draft based on their feedback.
  • Day 9+: Additional rounds of review and editing as necessary. Client sends Talking Points to their recommender.

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