Speed networking has many applications. Many organizations use speed networking to structure events: alumni associations, chambers of commerce, business associations, universities, and trade shows. Events that benefit from speed networking include membership drives, networking events, mentoring programs, career fairs, team-building exercises, and vendor pairings. Speed networking is particularly useful “when many organizations are gathering at large events.
A station-based speed networking event is a bit different than the other two. What will normally happen is all attendees will go and fill out a questionnaire before the actual meeting. This will cover the basics of what they do and who they would like to meet. Whatever your preferences are, there’s no doubt that speed networking events can be a fantastic way to grow your network and bring you new opportunities. Because of this, we wanted to put together a resource full of speed networking tips and ideas that will help you make the most of any speed networking event you attend.
Speed networking questions are important too
Too often participants jump into an event without having any speed networking questions they can go to in order to get the conversation started. Having some good speed networking questions in your back pocket are also great to quickly see if there is a good connection with the person you’re talking to and an opportunity to work together.
Some good speed networking questions to ask are:
- What do you do?
- How can I help you do that better?
- What made you decide to come to this event? (this can be a great way to identify problems they might be having to see if you can help)
- What inspired you to start doing the work you’re involved with now?
- What are some strategies that you’ve found to be helpful for your recent work?
All of these questions will do a great job of making sure that you are not only taking advantage of the time you have together, but you’re also engaging with the other participant. The quality of the connection you form will directly impact your ability to make something out of the networking event.