In the last few months, we have been approached by quite a lot of people asking us: “What is this Speed Networking thing?” So we decided that it’s time to put together a post explain what exactly is “Speed Networking”, but more importantly, how our version of Speed Networking is a little ‘different’ from what you may have experienced before if you attended a similarly named event.
Speed networking is a slightly different “spin” on business networking. We have researched a few different speed networking formats, but this format is based on an event we attended in another state.
Let’s find a speed networking group!
After experiencing this new (to us at least) form of business networking, we were impressed at the results we obtained. We felt we had to find something similar in our home state of Colorado. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find an active Speed Networking group in Northern Colorado. We learned that previous groups had been run a little differently from the format we loved. One previous Speed Networking group had run for quite a lot of years, but it was still ‘different’.
No similar networking groups to be found
We took the time and talked to a few people who had experienced speed networking here in Colorado. We even visited with a Chamber of Commerce team member who had run a form of speed networking here.
Our format is different enough to that previous group (which is no longer running anyway) that we believed it a good time to try speed networking in Northern Colorado again. After we had failed to find a similar group to the one we experienced, we decided our best choice was to start this format locally for ourselves.
Business Networking should be fun!
If you’ve experienced traditional business networking at business before hours, or business after hours events, you may have an idea of what business networking means to you.
Traditional networking gets old quickly. Typically you’ll find groups of friends who hang out with each other. Breaking the ice and meeting new people can be daunting, and even outgoing people can revert to their close circle of friends.
Speed networking breaks you out of this cycle of visiting with friends at the good old business after hours. Trust us – you will love speed networking!
Speed Networking is really fun and allows you to network with a good number of people in a short period of time.
Because this format is different to previous groups, we decided to start a series of posts about Speed Networking, and on how to get the most from your speed networking experience.
We loved this type of event and we hope you will too – but we want to make sure that you’re not caught out by the differences between traditional business networking, and this fast paced, but fun style of event.
Benefits of speed networking
Speed networking has a number of cool benefits:
- you do not need to break the ice with strangers
- you come prepared with your 60 second elevator pitch and an ‘ask’.
- bring 50 cards – seriously 50 – you will meet a lot of people.
- leave your preconceptions of ‘networking’ at the door
- come ready to have fun!
So after such a scintillating introduction to speed networking, we’re sure you’re ready to sign up …