Ask any Partner at a consulting firm how important their network is and chances are you'll find it's an integral tool in how they go about winning new work. Small wonder so much is written about the importance of the "Old Boy Network" then!
So hats off to the Management Consultancies Association for organising a Young MCA networking group. I was invited to the launch event last week, kindly hosted by BT Consulting and Systems Integration at the magnificent BT Tower in London, with the guest speaker sponsored by Atos Consulting.
And what an event it was!
~100 young consultants were there from many of the World's leading firms including the likes of Accenture, Atos Consulting, BT, Deloitte, etc. During an excellent opening presentation we learnt how to "work a room", a skill seen as critical for all aspiring Partners. We learnt the importance of icebreakers, elevator pitches and how to extricate oneself from a dead-end conversation!
All valuable skills which we then got to put into practice during a networking / drinks session atop the BT Tower. A truly excellent initiative and can I say thanks to all those readers that came and sought me out during the evening. Very uplifting!
There are a whole series of similar events planned during 2005 and these will be open to consultants from any of the MCA member firms (to check if your firm is a member see: http://www.mca.org.uk/MCA/Members/MemberList.aspx). The objective of the Young MCA group is "networking, sharing of knowledge and best practice, in a fun environment with a fundraising element where possible."
To find out more about joining the group and the forthcoming events planned simply contact Natalia Kay at the MCA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you at a future event! Tony