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Speed networking is a structured and fast paced networking style allowing participants to interact with others, typically in a series of brief one-on-one information exchanges. This method of networking has become increasingly popular due to its casual nature and efficiency, and we are excited to bring it to our members and guests at the 2nd Annual Speed Networking Event on February 28th.
Here are five reasons why we love speed networking, and why we think that you will too.
1. EFFICIENT USE OF TIME
Speed networking eliminates the chance of getting trapped in a long or awkward exchange with someone. It’s always great to casually socialize with other members of the business community, but the core purpose of attending a networking event is to build mutually beneficial relationships with other professionals. At a speed networking event, each encounter is limited to a three minute time period in which the participants exchange information regarding their business needs and services before moving on to meet someone new.
2. EASE OF INTRODUCTION
Walking into a room full of strangers can be intimidating for some people. Guests will often gravitate toward a familiar circle of friends rather than branching out and making new connections. Speed networking encourages participants to venture out of their comfort zone by offering dozens of organized exchanges with other guests. The systematic nature of these events eliminates the awkward task of scanning the room for a guest who looks available and interested in exchanging business information.
3. LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES
Speed networking events attract professionals from many different business industries and disciplines. As guests move from one networking partner to the other, they will learn about each person’s respective industry and possibly uncover an unlikely business connection.
4. SPREAD THE WORD
If a participant’s company has an upcoming event that they would like to promote, there’s no better place to spread the word than a speed networking event. Guests will have the opportunity to meet virtually everyone in the room and send them home with promotional flyers and invitations.
5. SPEED NETWORKING IS FUN
The atmosphere at a speed networking event is exciting and light-hearted. Guests enjoy surrounding themselves with others who share the common goal of making useful business connections and helping each other grow and succeed within the local business community. The prospect of meeting so many influential people is enough to motivate and inspire anyone who participates in a speed networking event.