What's speed networking and how can it help your career? Speed networking is like speed dating for professionals. It evolved from the speed dating model of meeting a lot of people in a short amount of time. Speed networking is a structured process for facilitating introductions and conversation between people who don't know each other.
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While I am not a big fan of hosted speed networking events on their own, I am a strong believer in integrating speed networking concepts with corporate conference activities. No matter how many hands are shaken at conferences, there will always be a little uneasy about approaching strangers. By offering speed networking as part of your conference program, you eliminate this barrier. You also allow your attendees to meet more people in a short period of time and with less effort than they individually could during coffee breaks. If done right, speed networking will provide one more added value : by helping to match the right individuals, which immediately raises the value of attending your conference. There are different formats for networking at conferences.
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NEW YORK — Businesses are stealing a page from the modern dating handbook by playing host to "speed networking" events in which professionals move methodically from one business prospect to the next, getting acquainted for just a few minutes at a time. It is the corporate equivalent of speed dating, a practice invented in the late s by a rabbi hoping to fix up Jewish singles, and which has since spread. Some speed networking events use the same round-robin approach as speed dating, so the participants meet random people in an orderly way. For this more advanced type of speed networking, those attending the event fill out profiles detailing their job description, title and industry, and specifying the types of people they would like to meet.
Have you ever heard of speed dating? It's an opportunity for people to quickly meet a large number of people to potentially date. Attendees are paired with each person attending the session for two minutes. At the end of the two minutes, the people move to their next partner. You can also use this concept as an effective speed meeting icebreaker.