11:15 pm

Speed Networking Session with Connect Surrey … 11.15 to 12.00 am

Speed Networking Session with Connect Surrey … 11.15 to 12.00 am

What is Speed Networking?

Networking is an extremely powerful and productive way in which to launch and manage your business or your career. Creating a symbiotic group of relationships with others is at the very core of every business marketing activity.

Over the past five years, speed networking has emerged as a popular add-on to traditional networking.

Speed networking is structured and fast-paced …it is networking on steroids!
It takes its cue from speed dating of course … a situation where people are allowed a short time slot in which to meet a number of prospective dates, one at a time and then choose who they’d like to provide their contact information to.
Where interest is mutual, an arranged date ensues.

Speed networking is the business version of speed dating .. the big difference being that participants openly share contact details with one another and decide at the time if they wish to take things further and organise a longer meeting elsewhere.

The obvious benefit is maximum exposure in return for a very short space of time. It’s loud … it’s fast and it’s fun and most importantly, it works which is why people love it!

What’s the format?

It works on a ‘Round Robin’ format.  Your facilitator Sally… (Guildford’s Queen of Speed Networking) will blow her whistle to indicate the beginning and end of each round. Once the round begins, you introduce yourself and your business and share your business card 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. After the second exchange of information, Sally will blow her whistle and you move on to the next person.

During the hour, you will continue to meet new and hopefully interesting people albeit for a few minutes at a time. Hopefully, you’ll have a few follow-up meetings arranged for a later date.

Preparation for Speed Networking

  • Practice a 60-second pitch which includes your name, your business, what’s special about what you do and perhaps specific customers you’re looking for at the time.
    One of the attractions of speed networking is the fact that you get right to the point and there’s no time for small talk!
  • Make sure you bring plenty of business cards and I mean plenty! Not a dozen or so, a whole box!  The number of times I’ve heard people say ‘I’m sorry I’ve run out or I didn’t bring enough’! Business cards are relatively cheap they are your way of ensuring that everyone you meet has all your contact details long after your face is a distant memory – why wouldn’t you ensure that you always have plenty with you?
  • Bring a pen, notepad, and of course your phone to access your diary.
  • Remember that you have a few seconds to make a positive first impression.

Speed Networking is extremely popular at the Expo – our sessions are always fully booked up

If you want to participate you need to book your place now – you can simply turn up on the day but it is very likely you will be turned away if the group is fully subscribed and you haven’t booked.

It’s FREE!