What we're about
Welcome! If you are looking to connect & network with other business minded people from our area this Meetup Group will be your favourite. Our Round Robin Speed Networking looks like this: A bell is rung to indicate the beginning and end of each round. Once the round begins, you introduce yourself and your purpose for being here, 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.
Over the next 60-75 minutes, you continue to meet individuals, one at a time. The event culminates with an additional hour allowed for open networking, either for talking to individuals you did not get to talk to, or seeking out someone who you met during the event and continuing the conversation.
Preparation for Speed Networking:
Practice a 60-second statement that includes your name, title or occupation, and what you are looking for or to share, such as information, leads, a job or internship. Make sure you have a supply of business cards ready including one for our book of Businesses and one for our business card draw to be the next potential speaker for our highlight on Mindset & Personal Growth Events. 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.
Attire is business casual.
Remember that you have a just few seconds to make a positive first impression but be genuine and forthright and you'll hit a home run every time.
During the Event
First of all, have fun. The fast pace of this kind of event contributes to a high level of energy in the room.
5 minutes are allowed for each round; the leader will inform the group about the time frame.
As you meet each person, shake hands and exchange names and business cards. Read each card as you accept it. A good system to keep the cards organized: keep your business cards in one jacket pocket, and the business cards given to you in the other.
The first person introduces themselves and their purpose, and a very brief conversation takes place.
Be extremely aware of the time factor so the second person doesn’t get their time cut short. Talking too long in a situation like this is highly insensitive and damages your first impression.
Take notes on the back of your partner’s business card. This may include notes on how they look or what they are wearing to help you remember them.
Suggest a next step, if appropriate. You will not have time to schedule a phone call or meeting, so follow up the next day will be important.
Above all, respect the process. At the signal, end your conversation immediately and move, or allow the other person to move, to next person. You can always continue conversations later.
After the speed networking event, review the business cards of the individuals you met and scan or enter the information into the contact database software you may use. Send an email within 24-48 hours to each person you want to follow up with. Better yet, make a phone call to continue the conversation or book a meeting or lunch to move the relationship along.
Certainly, one of the goals of speed networking is to meet new individuals who can directly be of help to you. But your goal shouldn’t stop there. Each person you meet has a network of individuals they know, and it may be one of those persons who will be a good match for you. By meeting individuals during the course of a speed networking event, you potentially “plug in” to the people they know, greatly extending your ability to connect with individuals related to your goals.
To be effective at your job, manage your career, and find new opportunities, it’s not just what you know and what you can do, but also who you know. Speed networking can be another tool in your professional toolkit to contribute to your success.
We look forward to meeting you at our next Business Speed Networking Event~ Sincerely, Rhoni Hazelwood