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Why China? Thats random

I've gotten this question plenty of times back home, and to put it short I've repeated it so many times, why not have a typed copy of it. 

Being in China and interning under YMBY has taught me that to be uncomfortable, is to learn. Now, I'm not talking about the sun in your eyes while you are tanning, uncomfortable. Im talking about being a professional in China forces you to raise your interpersonal skills to a different level. 

Since I hardly speak Chinese, communication was a huge problem for me in the beginning. After many head shakes and pity-smiles, I began to learn how to communicate with co workers without really even talking to them. Besides communication, I feel like it the workload and networking with foreigners has basically given me a crash course on how to present myself in the future. Working with digital marketing and also digital design, there are plenty of deadlines- even more so in a part time setting. This taught me to think ahead. Whenever I needed something planned, i would see what would happen and have to project multiple outcomes. Projections means prepared! I also learned that fear is a choice. 

Being around people who are older/wise/smarter can/will be a humbling experience. To be honest, at first I was scared. But soon enough i learned to embrace my fear and turn it into something I could learn from. I gained confidence in completing tasks, and -having a week left- my confidence is now through the roof. I learned to problem solve, to set aside egos and to overall be a better person/professional because of my internship with YMBY. 

By Jonathan Wong

Here is a glimpse of working at YMBY, my eyes throb after staring at a screen for 7 hours

Here is a glimpse of working at YMBY, my eyes throb after staring at a screen for 7 hours

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Three Minute Speed Networking Challenge: Senior Executive Speed Connection at Kerry Center

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Three Minute Speed Networking Challenge: Senior Executive Speed Connection at Kerry Center

It’s all about first impressions.  You have a chance to talk to business leaders from your favorite industry – only that you’ve just got 3 minutes with each of them. How do you use the short time to present yourself, seek advice, and even make a personal and professional connection?

It’s like speed dating, but with senior executives.

Kerry’s Centro Bar

Kerry’s Centro Bar

On Tuesday, June 18, MCO’s summer interns joined AmCham YPC’s Senior Executive Speed Connection and Networking Event in the Kerry Center Hotel.  Senior executives and leaders attending the event came from a variety of industries, including aviation, energy, public relations, healthcare and medical devices, sports management, think tanks, non-profits, government relations, beverages, executive troubleshooting, financial management consulting and others.

Our summer intern Percia having a great conversation with Ira Cohen, Executive Director of China EMBA Program

Our summer intern Percia having a great conversation with Ira Cohen, Executive Director of China EMBA Program

The speed networking portion of the evening consisted of an executive networking round-robin, in which young professionals had 3 minute timed conversations one-on-one with each senior executive. Over the course of one hour, the interns talked to the top members of companies and organizations in Beijing, and obtained insider’s advice about entering into the business world in China.

This hour-long session concluded with AmCham’s monthly member cocktail at Centro Bar, located on the ground floor of Kerry Center Hotel. Interns continued conversations with the executive mentors, and mingled with other AmCham members.

- Kaixin Bao

Nora, Kaixin, Miranda, and Percia in the cocktail mixer

Nora, Kaixin, Miranda, and Percia in the cocktail mixer

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Networking in China: 101

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Networking in China: 101

The first lesson that the summer interns of MCO learned was how important networking is when it comes to doing business in China; networking skills are essential for business professionals to build strong, long-term relationships, and to keep up-to-date with latest information in the industries where their interests lie. The good news is, it’s really not as intimidating as it sounds.

Interns Learn How to Network in China

The interns learn about do’s and don’ts of networking

The interns learn about do’s and don’ts of networking

On June 2, the summer intake of interns came together for a short training session focused on professional networking in China. The interns learned about the basic concept and general goals of business networking, as well as specific details they need to keep in mind.

To start with, the interns discussed their own strengths and weaknesses in terms of communicating with people. Next, Chris and Miranda talked about do’s and don’ts of networking, hot topics and taboo topics in a professional conversation, as well as dress code and other etiquette rules specific to networking in China. “It’s like presenting yourself as a brand.” Explained Miranda.

Interns learn how to exchange name cards in a professional manner.

Interns learn how to exchange name cards in a professional manner.

It was the small things that sounded the most challenging to the interns. How to skillfully join a group conversation? How do you cut off a conversation that’s been going too long? “These are the things that you learn over time.” Said Chris, after answering the interns’ questions and concerns.

It takes time and effort to master the art of networking. With basic ideas as well as specific tips in mind, the summer interns of MCO are ready to take their first steps into the business world.

- Kaixin Bao

 

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