Dating and mentoring
Participants greet each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time.During an interaction, attendees share their professional backgrounds and business goals.Networkers are generally seeking exposure to new markets and/or to expand their pool of vendors.Speed networking is often referenced as a derivative of speed dating, Speed networking, a more recent concept, arose from the combination of speed dating and business networking and is thought to have started in the United States and, perhaps, simultaneously in the United Kingdom.In addition, if the speed networking model calls for specific movements of participants (to a preassigned table or group, for example) then the moderator would also facilitate these details.In the round robin model of speed networking attendees meet each other sequentially. Chairs are often organized in two circles or facing rows of desks.Speed networking can be based on one of three models: meeting random attendees sequentially in a round robin, meeting with specific people based on preassigned match ups (the first two models are one-on-one), or a third assembly-based model where individuals speak to a preselected group.
Following this open forum, during which drinks or food may be served, the event can be called to order by the host who explains the structure of the event, which differs slightly based on the available models (see below).
In general, speed networking events all have time limits placed on the interactions and a moderator that will time and announce these intervals.