Another variation matches people up ahead of time based on their purpose for attending the speed networking event.
Preparation for Speed Networking 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.
Rather than refer people to other dating services, why not start your own?
Sure, it is difficult to compete with the marketing budgets of behemoths such as Match.com; however there is still a large market for unique dating websites that focus on something specific.
Speed networking takes its cue from speed dating, an event where individuals are allowed a short amount of time to meet a number of prospective dates, one at a time, and then choose who they would like to provide their contact information.
Where interest is mutual, the contact leads to a date.
This type of event can provide exposure to a lot of people in a short amount of time.
It is a way to let others know who you are and what you are looking for, whether new customers or clients, business or sales leads, or a new job or internship.
A few questions and answers back and forth can quickly clarify if there is any potential for a follow up phone call or meeting.
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.
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.