Speed networking is particularly useful "when many organisations are gathering at large events." Speed mentoring sessions are typically "a series of short, focused conversations about specific questions.You will meet with a limited number of mentees in 10-minute time slots each.
The profiles are then matched electronically and a list of meetings is generated for participants based on their preferences.
At the event, numbered stations are set up where participants meet with their assigned partners according to their list for a set period of time.
Following a brief settling-in period, the host starts the second round of meetings.
In Round Robin speed networking, a participant would meet an average of 10 contacts during an hour-long event.
Speed daters are trying to narrow down their choices by eliminating the unsuitable; conversely, speed networkers are trying to broaden their connections by increasing their exposure.
Most speed networking events begin in an open room for Participants to mingle. The moderator will place time limits on the participants interactions, telling them when the time intervals have expired.
And likewise, the mentor could rank their preferences for a protégé – hopefully resulting in a better mentor match.
The session was a success and was subsequently repeated at two National AIA Conventions (Boston and San Francisco).
Participants greet each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time.