INFORMS Annual Conference  

INFORMS Annual Meeting 2012, Phoenix, AZ, October 14-17

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The Ultimate OR Elevator Speech

by Michele Fisher on October 16th, 2012

As I left the Exhibition hall at lunch today, I observed the kick-off for the interactive session. The script for the announcement could have been used for speed dating. Five minutes only with the judges and rotate on the bell. Ready set go!

I stayed to watch a few rounds. I was impressed the concise summaries that were given of some pretty complex work. The talent to explain your analysis work to people from a range of backgrounds is an important analytical soft skill. One that can be honed with practice like that the poster session provides. It is important to be ready with an executive summary  of your work for the next time you encounter top management at a meeting, social event or even in the elevator.

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