Learn strategy consulting secrets. So you can talk strategy with the CEO.

A four-week course designed by a former strategy consultant to help you understand, practice and implement the principles of strategy consulting in your work

Taken By Employees At Leading Global Companies

Here's A Secret: Many Companies Hire Former Strategy Consultants Rather Than Promoting From Within


Why? Consulting firms train people to think like CEOs


The tools, frameworks & skills that these firms teach enable consultants to work with senior leaders to communicate effectively, make important decisions, and implement those changes.

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Indra Nooyi On How Consulting Helped Her Become 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

Think Like A Strategy Consultant Is A Four-Week Course That Will Help You

Avoid the Middle Management Trap

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 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

This Course Is Designed For

Senior Execs

Hands-on executives without strategy consulting experience that want to level up their thinking for Board & Investor presentations


Motivated self-employed professionals that want to improve their structure, communication and synthesis in their client work

Business Owners

Driven entrepreneurs who want to improve how they think about strategic business problems and improve how they communicate to their company


University and MBA students who don't necessarily want to work in consulting but want to learn the skills from the industry

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. 10 out of 10, would recommend!

Andrew Kappel

Sales Strategy Consultant

Learn the Frameworks & Principles Consultants Use to Create Compelling, Insightful & Persuasive Recommendations to Clients

MECE - Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive

A Framework To Help You Structure Ideas & Information

By sorting into groups and identifying which information is not relevant, you can clarify your message in a way that is easier for your audience to understand

Invented at McKinsey: The Pyramid Principle

Turn Ideas Into Insights

Learn how to use the pyramid principle to turn data, information, and research into ideas that resonate with an audience and motivate them to take action 

Practical Exercises

The course includes two exercises that will enable you to apply the pyramid principle and learn how to use it in complex projects

The Course Is Structured Into Four Weeks

Week 1 - Mindset & Consulting 101 🧠
  • Module #1 - Consulting Mindset: Introduction to the basic consulting mindsets, mental models & consulting process
Week 2 - Synthesis & Structuring 🎯
  • 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
  •  βœ” Assignment: Consulting services MECE assignment & mock chief of staff research assignment
Week 3 - Real-World Problem Solving πŸ”¬
  • 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
  • βœ” Assignment: Using SCQA & issue trees in a real-life Facebook strategy case study
Week 4 - Kick-Ass Presentations πŸ“Š

Module #5: Master flow & understand how to craft your message to different audiences

Module #6: Implement tools from cognitive neuroscience and other disciplines to create memorable messages

βœ” Assignment: Fill in the gaps (titles, takeaways, charts) of an incomplete ~20 page "pitch" deck to create a compelling presentation

Practice With Challenging Assignments

With each week you will receive an assignment as well as suggested answers. (Personalized feedback available with upgrade)

  • MECE: Redesign a consulting firms service offerings to make them clear
  • CEO Pitch: Synthesize interviews & research in your role as CEO's Chief of Staff
  • Facebook Case: Develop a project plan for a fictional Facebook case
  • PowerPoint Pitch: Improve an unfinished PowerPoint presentation using course principles

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.

  • Lectures on principles, mindsets & lessons learn from working in consulting

    New lectures are added often based on student questions & demands

45+ Lectures Designed To Be Memorable & Actionable

I am obsessed with creating content, tools, and exercises that help people improve and apply these skills. I am always updating lectures based on student feedback and questions

Printable Consulting Skills Checklist

Detailed Actions & Checks For Your Work

Use these detailed checklists to confirm that you are applying the consulting skills and principles in all of your work 

Tailored To Unique Steps In The Consulting Process

Specific recommendations for mindset, defining problems, structuring information, developing insights & recommendations, creating visual presentations & persuasion

Learn How To Develop Your Own Frameworks

Learn common frameworks & how to use them

Frameworks are a great way to organize ideas and make they easy to understand

Learn how to develop your own unique frameworks

Developing your own frameworks is an easy way to stand out in your work

Hear From Past Students

Jeff, Private Equity

"The StrategyU toolkit is one of the main reasons I landed a job in consulting."

Amita, UN Director

"I learned how to create, sharp, engaging, and persuasive presentations.

Sid, Tech Executive

"The ideas and coaching session from the course helped me fine tune a CEO-level presentation"

750+ Students From 54 Countries

"PARTNER" Premium Option: Customized Hands-On Feedback

Purchase the "PARTNER" version to get access to multiple rounds (if needed) of detailed feedback and reactions to your assignments.

You Decide: Self-Paced or Hands-On Coaching



  • Lifetime Access
  • Weekly Assignments
  • Suggested 4-week timeline
  • 100+ PowerPoint templates


  • Everything included in Consultant version
  • Detailed video-based feedback on three challenging assignments with unlimited submissions

Payment Plans Available

Consultant:3 Payments of $175 or Partner: 3 Payments of $333

FREE Bonus: 100+ Consulting PowerPoint Templates

Slides Consultants Really Use

There are tons of pretty templates but most are not great for structuring complex information. I built these to help people know which

(Included in course but available separately for $49)

Hey I'm Paul, The Creator πŸ‘‹

I created StrategyU after 10 years in the consulting industry, including experience at McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group.

My personal mission with this course is to help high-performers learn the fundamental mindsets, skills & frameworks without having to make a major career change to work in strategy consulting.

Frequently Asked 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!

What if I don't like the course?

That's fine. If you tell me within 30 days I'll give you a refund no questions asked.  If you aren't sure if the course is a good fit for you, just share your background with me and I'll tell you.

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!

How Often Is The Course Updated?

It is updated on average every three months.  But if you have specific requests, I will usually make updates and improvements within a week.