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Dear Friends,

I will like to share my experience so far with Experts' Global.

I have been associated with the organization for the last several weeks and while I am yet to submit my applications, I feel strongly about the way my essays have come up and the amount of work I have completed in my applications journey.

I believe that the greatest strength of Experts' Global is the detailed layout of the processes and the action plans. This layout made it extremely easy for me to understand that who is doing what and how far am I from each important milestone in completing my applications journey. Each milestone was religiously honored and when I missed one (right in the beginning, the first milestone :)), I was appropriately told to honor the dates for having a successful association. To my credit and theirs, all further milestones have been over-achieved and here I am, sitting in June, with the main essays prepared and with fully clarity on the story I am going to narrate to the interviewers! Simultaneously, I am working on, and are being guided by Experts' Global, on enhancing my profile during the few months I have before the deadlines. I feel confident.

The next great thing about the way of admissions consulting by Experts' Global is the feeling of working with a 'team' rather than an 'individual'. They have what they call 'specialists' for each part of the application process. Hence, I have a separate mentor for the story boarding, essay writing, preparing resume, filling up the applications, and preparing for the interviews. I feel a lot empowered that I am working with specialists in their domain rather than with one person who is doing everything.

In my experience, I have found the team helpful and approachable and they give a feeling that they are genuinely interested in helping me create good applications and secure admits. The team working with me is talented, all are MBAs and master degree holders from top notch Indian and global institutions. They seem to love their job and are in no hurry- a feeling I did not get in my interaction with other premium consultants. I did not find Experts' Global team counting the number of sessions, iterations, hours of consulting etc; rather, I found them emphasize on ensuring that I am benefited and that I feel confident about my application.

It has been a pleasure working with Experts' Global.

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What is the average hourly rate of Menlo Coaching?

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What is the average hourly rate of Menlo Coaching?


It's not mentioned anywhere on their website. Best way would be to contact them on info@menlocoaching.com and find out.
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PERSONAL MBA COACH - SCOTT EDINBURGH

After speaking with numerous consulting services about my background and specific plans to pursue a top-tier MBA, I hired Scott from Personal MBA Coach. I had a short timeline to submit four applications and knew very little about the application process. From the beginning, Scott appeared (and was) genuinely interested in my situation and made a point to gather every detail. By the end of our time working together, I felt Scott knew everything about me.

As stated in some of the other reviews, Scott is clear and to the point. I didn’t need someone to boost my ego and praise my accomplishments. I needed someone who could comprehend my background, goals, etc. and guide me in telling an effective story. That was exactly what Scott did throughout the process!

Scott continually pushed me to think about how I (my essays) would look to the admission committees. This was very helpful in writing essays that effectively displayed my strengths and specific motivations to attend the different schools. After submitting all of my applications, I was depleted, but I felt that I had submitted my best possible essays and left nothing on the table.

Scott also coached me through the interview processes and performed mock interviews over the phone. This guidance was very helpful and gave me the confidence I needed to ace the interviews.

In the end, I was admitted to one of my top three schools (M7). I dedicated myself to those applications and feel worthy of admission, but credit much of my success to Scott. Without his knowledge of the process and ability to push me for more details and polished stories that were directly applicable to each school, there is no way that I could have crafted my story in such an effective way.

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New post 02 Sep 2017, 08:54
Not sure if it's the right forum or not-

Urgent Review required for Sonja Bhan-UPenn

Thanks and apologies if it's not the right forum to ask this

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For Personal MBA Coach (Scott Edinburgh)

I was torn between using a larger consultancy firm or going with Scott - at the end of the day I chose Scott as I felt a much more personal connection and that he honestly was passionate about helping individuals get into their top business school choices. Scott works with you directly the entire time and gives brutally honest feedback on everything. He spend a lot of time with me on all parts of the process, from thinking of essay examples to positioning my goals. I had the luxury of starting the process very early (which I recommend), so I was able to position myself in a fair, transparent and competitive way -- Scott was very helpful in making my story clear. At the end of the day, I was admitted into my top choice (an M7).

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Hi,

This is slightly off topic, but I have a dilemma. I had spoken to an admissions consultant, and had agreed to work with them. However, after my first session, I found their services inadequate, not suiting my style and I decided not to use their services any more. Now they are telling me that I still need to pay for the full package which I am refusing to do. My question is this- is there any chance that the consultants might reach out to my target schools and complain to them? If there is a chance they may do that, I may not want to take the risk and simply pay the money, even though I really don't want to do that.

Any help would be appreciated.

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hedwig207 tough situation. This sort of thing is exactly why we're building admitbrain.com -- the admissions consulting world needs a set of standard policies around things like refunds. It's just too much $$ to ask clients to risk like that.


To your question, I don't think there's a real chance of that happening. The school has apx. 0% chance of caring at all about this dispute, and I doubt they'd intervene by, say, rejecting you on the word of a consultant who's totally unaffiliated with their institution.

That said, reneging is the nuclear option here, so I'd urge you to try & find an agreeable outcome here (if for no other reason than a small-claims lawsuit probably isn't a lot of fun). Consider trying to negotiate a partial refund, or seeing if they're amenable to pairing you with someone more your style.

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Thanks for your reply. I don't want to renege either. So I have told them that I will pay at the hourly rate for the hours I have used. They are asking me to pay a termination fee, but I have put my foot down on that. I feel that I am being fair.

Also, given their approach and their attitude, I really don't want to work with them.

I know the chances of admissions committees taking a consultant's allegation seriously are slim, but I want to get them off my back, so paying would be easier.


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I think it is fair to pay for what work they have put in. Sometimes it is fair to pay more if someone has lost income but it is not really fair to charge the whole amount when no work will be done.
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Review for Amerasia Consulting:

I worked with Paul Lanzillotti from Amerasia and it was a really great experience. Overall, I learned a lot from him in addition to submitting applications that I felt represented me in the best light possible. I also felt that he cared whether or not I got into business school, that I was not just another client, and that he had my back throughout the whole process.

As a consultant – Paul helped me uncover and assess many things I would've missed had it not been for his experience and guidance. What I liked is that he encouraged my instinct in authenticity. Meaning, often I was correct in the general direction I wanted to take an essay. But I was torn as to whether or not it was actually the right direction because of the advice I had taken from friends, alumni, forums, and even other admissions consultants. Paul took what I thought I wanted to say and made it clear, not only when it came to how it could be used to answer a specific essay question, but also through how my ideas flowed out and onto the page. I never lost my voice, but because of Paul's guidance, I felt I found much more of it and that was reflected in the quality of my essays.

As a person – I really liked Paul on a personal level as well. I trusted his advice and work product certainly, but I also knew that I could rely upon him to be honest, sometimes brutally, about the nature of my accomplishments and contributions at work. If they weren't as impressive as I had thought they would be, he let me know of course. But there were times where he also called me out for not following advice or even phoning it in a bit with respect to my own effort. I like that he was willing to do whatever it took to help me, and I respected that he had no issue expecting the same from me, at times reminding me of that when I needed a little extra motivation as well. I also felt that I could tell Paul anything about my family and personal thoughts, and I believe that being able to do so made some of the more existential essays I needed to write come across as incredibly authentic, which they were. I really appreciated how Paul made me stop and think about what I was writing, not just so I could write better essays, but so that I would better understand who I was as a person, husband, son, and father. It sparked a number of important conversations at home with my wife and even my parents. I ended up learning much more about my family's history as a result. This is a level of introspection and reflection I did not expect to engage when I signed up as a client. But it's one that I am glad I did.

Overall, Paul instilled a sense of discipline and how I formulated my thoughts and he made me a much better writer because of it. He brought much greater clarity to the overall process, and always made me feel much better after our calls. The sense of confidence he instilled was something incredibly important during the process because I was stretched thin, completely drained at times, during the whole process between work, two young kids at home, studying for the GMAT, as well as working on these applications.

There is no doubt in my mind that I would hire Paul again. Even though it's been months since I received my acceptances to three top-five schools, I still reach out to him with my queries and he still provides his forthright advice. After the fact, he even helped me apply for several scholarships, walked me through how to appropriately resign from work (without burning any bridges), and offered up advice on additional sources of financial aid. All in all, I would consider him a friend and in the very least, a trusted advisor and an expert at what he does.

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