To be selected for anything important, like college acceptances or jobs, will always be decided upon the factors differentiating one from the others.
One of my fabulous students, Alice, met this week with her Admission Counselor from her top choice college—Dartmouth. Yes, Dartmouth College with their 8% acceptance rate...that's 1 in 12 applicants.
Their Admission Office told me long ago-
"80% of applicants meet the academic requirements. Our challenge is to find the one standout in a situation where everyone thinks they standout...when really they are just like everyone else."
Alice set forth a plan to standout. First, she had to present herself well on Zoom. A lot goes into that, but she's well-trained and ready. Then, when everyone else just sits back and answers the same questions, not Alice. Rather, Alice had her list of questions, not just the typical ones either, but the right ones.
To standout, she had to take a different approach... ask the questions that others don't ask.
- How has Covid 19 effected you and your family?
- How have you met enrollment goals for this year?
- What's your biggest challenge right now?
- What was your major, would you do it again?
- How do you see college looking in 5 years?
This style of questioning allows the other person to speak about themselves, making them feel important. It extends the call. It builds upon the relationship. It greatly improves her odds of acceptance.
Three things go into this outcome.
- Having the credentials...Alice does!
- Presenting well on Zoom...Alice did!
- Make the person feel important...Alice did!
Do you want your child to be the 1 to standout? Or, is being like everyone else okay with you?
If you want your child to standout, meet the fabulous Kerry Barrett, long-time NYC News Anchor and my guest on Oct. 22nd, 7:00 pm EDT. Kerry will share with you her secrets for shining in front of a camera and audience, that includes Zoom!
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