Learn To Think Like A Strategy Consultant

A four-week course designed to help you master the secrets of elite strategy consultants like the pyramid principle, MECE, structured problem solving, and persuasive storytelling with slides.

Top Consulting Firms Teach People To Think Like CEOs

The skills people learn at McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, and Bain enable people up to thrive in strategy and executive positions, as entrepreneurs, and consultants.

The problem? It's hard to learn these skills and most of those former consultants suck at teaching them. You might have worked with one of them.

They say stuff like "can you make this slide prettier?"


I spent seven years working in consulting at places like McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group before deciding to become an entrepreneur in 2017. Since then, I've been building StrategyU with the mission to teach these skills to anyone who wants to learn them.

I don't think you need to give up years of your life trying to break into consulting and working 65+ hours a week to learn these skills.

This is why I built Think Like A Strategy Consultant a virtual course that has helped thousands of CEOs, Founders, Executives, Students, Freelancers, and Professionals from more than 42 countries learn how to create great work beyond what they thought possible...

Understand The Process of Distinctive Knowledge Work & Avoid Getting Stuck In Your Career

Escape Middle Management

Don't get lost staying busy instead of getting promoted. I want to help you learn the skills to stand out as the go-to person on the team

Influence & Persuade Senior Leaders

The highest levels of the organization need to know what they are looking at, why it matters, and what to do next. I'll help you learn this language.

Develop A Process For Doing Great Work

Companies prioritize getting things done, not your growth. I will teach you a "process" for approaching your work so that you are always getting better.

Learn How To Apply Consulting Tools To Your Work Immediately

Over 600+ people have taken this course. The people that get the most out of it:

Strategy, Financial & Analytics Leaders: Who work with data are actively helping to shape the direction of their company, solving complex problems and giving executive-level presentations

Senior Executives: Who want to learn how to develop a strategy, communicate to senior leaders & Boards, and want to have more confidence in developing a vision

Freelance Consultants: Who never worked at a top consulting firm but do data-intensive or information-heavy work with clients.

Students or New Grads: Who want to improve their corporate communications and problem solving (this is not a good fit for case practice)

Fast Track Your Career...

"This course helped me get promoted! It provides a framework to communicate complex business problems in a clear and concise manner. I wish I knew about MECE sooner."

Andrew K., Sales Strategy Consultant

I will simplify complex consulting frameworks to enable you to immediately apply them to your work

Pyramid Principle

Learn how to structure your thinking to make compelling arguments

Learn how to simplify ideas to make them more memorable & persuasive
PowerPoint Storytelling

Learn how to make PowerPoints that don't put people to sleep

Consulting Experience Helped Indra & Laszlo Become C-Level Execs

Indra Nooyi - Former CEO of Pepsi
“I don’t think I could have gotten here without a strategy consultant background because it taught me inductive thinking. It taught me how to think of the problem in micro terms but also to zoom out and put the problem in the context of its broader environment and then zoom back in to solve the problem"
Laszlo Bock - Former CHRO of Google
“Consulting was like finishing school for MBAs...McKinsey promised to move you around, so you get to learn a lot of different things. It seemed like a great place to keep learning.”

The Course Is Designed for Busy Professionals And Structured So That Is Can Be Completed In Four Weeks

Each Week Has Customized Assignments To Practice What You Learned

Week 1 - Introduction & Mindset

🧠 Module #1 - Consulting Mindset: Introduction to the basic consulting mindsets, mental models & consulting process

Week 2 - Synthesize & Structure

🎯 Module #2 - MECE Mind: The powerful framework to help you sharpen your thinking

💡 Module #3 - From Information To Insight: Introduction to the pyramid principle and synthesizing & organizing complex information

📝 Assignment: Consulting services MECE assignment & mock chief of staff research assignment

Week 3 - Hypothesis-Driven Problem Solving

🔬Module #4 - Real World Problem Solving: Using MECE, Pyramid Principle and hypothesis tools to break down real-world problems into problems that can be solved

📝 Assignment: Using SCQA & issue tress in a real-life Facebook strategy case study

Week 4 - PowerPoint & Persuasion

📊 Module #5 - Kick-Ass Presentations: Learn the PowerPoint secrets of strategy consultants, master flow & understand how to craft your message to different audiences

🔥 Module #6 - Beyond Consulting Presentations: Creating Memorable & Persuasive Content: Implement tools from cognitive neuroscience and other disciplines to create memorable messages

📝 Assignment: You'll be given an incomplete 19-page presentation which will have missing information. Fill in the information, titles and other missing content and develop a clear storyline based on the lessons

More Than A Video Course

Challenging Assignments That Will Push You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

  • MECE Assignment: Redesign a consulting firms service offerings to ensure that they are using the MECE principle
  • CEO Pitch Exercise: Synthesize interviews, research, and survey findings in your role as Chief of Staff for an upcoming meeting with your CEO
  • Facebook Case Problem Statement & Issue Tree: Develop a hypothesis Issue Tree for a Facebook case study
  • PowerPoint Pitch: Complete an unfinished PowerPoint presentation for a business case competition

"Partner" Package: Custom Feedback

For each of the weekly assignments, Paul will offer unlimited asynchronous feedback on the assignments

Note: Self-paced version includes example solutions, without coaching

Past Students:

"I enrolled in the Partner version of the course which gave me access to 1-on-1 feedback with Paul. In addition to what I learned in the course I was able to use the concepts to fine tune an upcoming CEO-level presentation."

Sid, Tech Executive
"I highly recommend this course as a useful start to thinking more critically about what and how you want to communicate to your audiences. Full of relevant tools and case studies, this course is sure to help you create, sharp, engaging and more persuasive presentations."

Amita, Director, United Nations
"The StrategyU toolkit is one of the main reasons I have a job in consulting. This course will teach you about everything you need to know not only to succeed in interviews, but also on the job as well. From understanding the Pyramid Principle to making sure my analysis is MECE, I have used these principles in my jobs in consulting and finance"

Jeff, Consultant, Bain & Company

Preview The Course Content:

  Welcome To The Course!
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  🆓 Bonus Content
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  Welcome To Week 1 - Mindset & Process
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  🧠 Consulting Mindset - How To Think Like A Strategy Consultant
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  Welcome To Week 2: Synthesize & Structure
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  🎯 MECE Mind - How To Think Clearly
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  💡 From Information To Insight: How To Use The Pyramid Principle To Synthesize
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  Welcome To Week 3 - Hypothesis-Driven Problem Solving
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  🛠 Real World Problem Solving: Using SCQA & Issue Trees To Help Facebook Shift To Mobile
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  Welcome To Week 4 - PowerPoint Storytelling & Persuasion
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  💭 PowerPoint Storytelling
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  🔥 Persuasive Presentations: How To Create Memorable & Persuasive Content
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  Interviews With Former Strategy Consultants
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  ✅ Course Wrap Up
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45+ Lectures Designed To Be Memorable & Actionable

Lectures are continuously adding and adjusting content based on student questions and are designed to optimize for learning. I focus on quality over quantity and length.

In-Depth Interviews With Former Consultants

I go into detail with former consultants about what they learned in consulting, how they apply the skills in their current jobs and what they wish more people knew.

Convince Your Company To Pay...

I've created a customized template that you can use to make the case to your manager that this course will help you improve. It's been used successfully by several people.

Download it here

Choose Your Package

Self-Paced Digital Edition
Consultant Version
The self-paced digital version. Includes suggested schedule, automated weekly reminders, example assignment solutions, and lifetime access. Does not include assignment feedback or coaching.

  Lifetime Access To The Course
  Four-Week Automated Schedule
  Challenging Assignments + Solutions
  Printable Checklists To Apply The Skills
  100+ Consulting PowerPoint Templates
  Expert Interviews
  Lifetime Access & Updates
Optional: Add live coaching call for $400
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Partner Version
Want to get feedback and hands-on coaching from a former strategy consultant? This tier gives you everything in the Consultant edition plus unlimited feedback on the assignments

  Everything in The Consultant Version
 Three Asynchronous Video feedback on weekly assignments via Loom
Access to e-mail feedback from Paul for six months
Optional: Add live coaching call for $300
  Lifetime Access + Updates

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Teams & Execs
Customized coaching and corporate packages for Senior Executives, Board Members, Founders, and Teams.

  Access to the course for you and/or your team
  Customized approach
  Executive Coaching: Four 60-minute coaching sessions designed around course
  Multi-Week Trainings or One-Off Workshops: Customized curriculum built around pain points & challenges
  Priority E-Mail Response

Contact Paul

Hi, I’m Paul, Founder of StrategyU

I created this course after several years of facilitating workshops for corporate clients and student consulting groups.

It is built on what I have learned from over ten years years working as a consultant including time at McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting Group and as a freelance consultant for the past several years.

I run this as a solo venture and love helping people learn these skills. If you have questions before you sign up just send me a note and I'll get back to you ASAP.

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Common Questions

Do you offer any scholarships for people from lower-income countries or people facing hardship?

Yes, I do. I offer a "gift economy" exercise for people to determine what makes sense for their situation. Please complete the exercise and I will find something that works for your situation!

Do you help people get reimbursed from their company?

Yes! We've had many people get reimbursed from their company for this course. I've created a customized letter templates that lays out some of the benefits that you can tailor to your needs. I'm also available to chat if you want to brainstorm an approach!