Are you an Entrepreneur? Do you want to take your message in front of serious Entrepreneurs? Are you tired of networking events where you do not get to talk to everyone about your business? Are you tired of playing the "get a number and then follow-up" game of old school networking?
Then you should consider joining this group. Our SOLE PURPOSE IS NETWORKING. We conduct our events in Speed Dating Format.
This is how it works: Everyone get seated in pairs of two facing each other. The 1st person gets a chance to make their pitch for 5 minutes. Bell Rings, all activity ends. Bell rings again the other person gets the 5 minutes to present their pitch. Bell rings, all activity stops, everyone move one space to the right. Bell rings again and the cycle continues until everyone gets a chance to make their pitch.
Time is money. You do not want to spend two hours in a networking session while only talk to 3 or 4 people, just so you can get their contact info to follow-up. In speed network, you're there to pitch your business to and listen to their pitch. Those who are interested in your service or if you're interested in their services can exchange the information and followup. It's that simple and effective.
What to bring: An Open Mind Enough introductory material and contact material to share with EVERYONE, because at these events you WILL MEET EVERYONE. Be prepared to give a presentation to every attendee in under 5 minutes (make sure you practice it). Be attentive to others and they will pay attention to you. Last but not least, come to have some fun and enjoy the process.
Pros & Cons of Speed Networking:
Speed networking facilitates the meeting of individuals who may not have had the opportunity to exchange information without a structured environment. Each attendee is "guaranteed to meet more people than [he/she] typically would using traditional networking during the same amount of time." It relieves participants of the stress of introductions as attendees all have a single purpose. It rids the awkward "exit" by having time limits – no need to find a way to bow out of a conversation gracefully – and therefore increases the number of potential new meets.
However, there are also risks for attendees, and these relate to an unfortunate perception that a business relationship can also be speed-tracked, as well as a misconception that quantity is of prime importance. Members still need to take time to develop relationships with individual fellow members outside the networking event and the importance of this cannot be overestimated. Other principles of good networking, such as an attitude of giving, not pushing, business cards or marketing material at people, for example, still stand. People can not just drop in during a round robin event as it disrupts the flow and matching.
Here's the key to success in Speed Networking:
It's not generally the person you're speaking to that is interested in your product. It's your job to make them think of someone in their network who NEEDS your Service so they can connect you with them.