The next Business Breakfast will take place on Wednesday 31st May 8am – 9am at JTs Cafe at the Hesters Way Community Resource Centre and will feature speed networking!
Speed networking is the business version of speed dating. However, in speed networking events, the participants readily share contact information with each other and decide themselves who they will follow up with. This type of event can provide exposure to a lot of people in a short amount of time. It is a way to let others know who you are and what you are looking for, whether new customers or clients, business or sales leads, or a new job or internship.
Round Robin Format Moves Briskly The typical format for speed networking is called a round robin. The event leader will usually ring a bell, sound a buzzer, or blow a whistle to indicate the beginning and end of each round. Once the round begins, you introduce yourself and your purpose for being there, share your business card and perhaps, business brochure. A few questions and answers back and forth can quickly clarify if there is any potential for a follow up phone call or meeting. At the halfway point, the conversation switches to the second person, who introduces themselves and their reason for attending. After a second exchange of information, the event leader rings a bell and you move on to the next person.
Preparation for Speed Networking
- Practice a 60-second statement that includes your name, title or occupation, and what you are looking for, such as information, leads, a job or internship. Some people like speed networking because you get right to the point and there is no time for small talk.
- Make sure you have a supply of business cards ready. Sometimes event planners will suggest a number; bring at least 30. If you are unemployed at the time, get business cards with your contact information and occupation printed on them.
- Assemble brochures, resumes or other type of handout, if applicable.
- Bring a pen, notepad, and your appointment calendar with you.
- Usually attire is either business or business casual. Check with the organizers if it is not stated.
- Remember that you have a few seconds to make a positive first impression.
Don’t forget to have fun!!