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I’m known as THE Excel model guy around my team, but I think I’m missing the conversational skills other consultants have. How many here have worked on their interpersonal skills? What did you do?

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Drank more alcohol and became more tolerable to interacting with stupid people


Don't just model. Try to take on different responsibilities, or at least explain how your model works and it's outputs to your team and clients


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Find common things to talk about - movies, sports, probably not politics (unless you know your clients really well).


Start and end all your conversations with jokes. Good jokes preferably. If you're not sure what's funny, try them out on a sober friend Monday morning.


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