Speed networking (or speed business meeting) is a meeting format designed to accelerate business contacts, generally with a bell.
Primarily, the practice involves multiple people that gather in a single space in order to exchange information.
Prior to coming to the event, attendees fill out a questionnaire listing their business background (job title and industry) and whom they wish to meet (suppliers, customers or vendors).
The profiles are then matched electronically and a list of meetings is generated for participants based on their preferences.
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.
In this round robin model, an attendee would meet an average of 10 contacts during an hour-long event.
In the station-based model of speed networking, attendees meet each other individually based on a pre-assignment.
Waldrep at the National American Institute of Architects Convention, the idea of Speed Mentoring was born.At the 2007 National AIA Convention, Kim and Waldrep co-presented a session entitled Speed Mentoring: Developing You, an Emerging Professional and over 100 attendees participated - representing the spectrum of interns to senior leadership.