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.
When directed, mentees will proceed to their mentor's table." Speed mentoring is effective due to the fact that the mentee gets to experience a number of different interactions in a short period of time.
This maximises the opportunity to find a suitable mentor.
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 the group-based model of speed networking attendees do not meet individually but instead are assigned to a sequence of tables.After a set period of time – usually a few minutes – the moderator/host calls time and the meeting is over.Then either the inner or outer circle sitters – or the front or back line of desks – would move to the next space.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 attendees meet with their assigned partners according to their list for a set period of time.
After a brief overview of mentorship and the available resources, this interactive session required attendees to participate in a live demonstration of the program.