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What is Speed-Networking, and Does it Work?

September 28, 2009

Fast food, fast computers and fast cars, is it any wonder speed-networking emerged?  In a click thru, on-demand, no patience world, Speed Networking helps professionals focus their networking efforts and accelerate the process of making new contacts.

Believe it or not, speed-networking is just what it sounds like – quick, focused opportunities to meet those who can propel your career and business.  And, YES, it does really work!  We all desire to accelerate our careers and get on the fast track to success, with speed-networking, you can accelerate your networking.  You can meet more quality contacts and actually have meaningful conversations in just one event than any other method!

Speed-networking is FUN and EFFECTIVE.  Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, young in your career or experienced – you will enjoy meeting people in this type of format.  Strategic Business Network is a firm believer in putting people face-to-face to facilitate direct conversation.  QuikConnect™ (SBN’s speed networking format) is set up as a series of one-on-one mini-meetings.  Half the participants stay seated, while the other half rotate in a sequential process to a new professional after each 4-5 minute exchange.

A few other different styles of speed-networking include:

Roundtable
– Typically 7 people sit down at a table and each person has 1-2 minutes to share their elevator pitch. After all have spoken, each participant moves to a new table.

Triad – three people per table with one remaining seated throughout the rotations.  After 6 minutes, the other two move in opposite directions around the room.

But, how does it work to help you achieve success?

First, Without a doubt you will meet more people in a short timeframe than ever before.
Second
,All those who participate are like you in that they have invested their time and energy to build their network. Third, Listen and Listen.  There is no time for selling, simply have a conversation and learn about what each new connection as both an individual and professional – ie, who they are, what they do.
Fourth and most important – Follow Up is the key.  Speed-networking delivers high volume and quality connections, but you must follow up and begin to cultivate the relationships. The initial interaction is only the starting point for each of your new potential relationships.

Consider all the new people you can now help by knowing what they do and in turn who can help you!  Imagine attending even one speed-networking event per month, you will more than likely meet over 400 new people throughout the year.  And, if you do it right, you can leave a lasting impression making sure those 400 people in your community REMEMBER you.

After nearly 5 years of executing speed networking events and creating over 500,000 new connections, the testimonials from participants who gained new clients, projects, jobs and friendships continues to amaze me. I confidently will place a properly run speed networking session against any other networking event format and feel assured the outcomes will be far greater.

If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it.  In today’s world, networking is critical from the receptionist to the CEO.  Speed-networking offers an efficient and effective tool to propel your career and expand your influence!   Never has networking been this fun and this rewarding.

Visit http://www.strategicbusinessnetwork.com for events and opportunities near you!

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