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Let’s face it. Networking can cause a bit of anxiety even for the most extroverted business professional. Entering a room full of people, most of whom you’ve never met before, and engaging in small talk can be daunting, so the default position is to talk to people we already know. It’s common to look for a familiar face in the crowd and go straight to them. All well and good to build existing relationships, but how will you expand your network if you don’t talk to anyone else?
Then there are the awkward moments we have all had where you end up finding yourself stuck with the wrong connection because you're too polite to end the conversation, so leave the event with no valuable business connections.
We are not saying don't network, after all, it is such an important part of business, an invaluable and low-cost way to expand your connections, uncover new business opportunities, get introduced to potential partners and new clients and tap into trusted resources or service providers that can help you or your business.
So how do we reap the benefits and avoid the pitfalls? Speed networking could be the answer. With a more structured and time-efficient way of meeting new business connections, speed networking is a great way to fill up your diary and meet many more business professionals in one concentrated session.
How does speed networking work?
Speed networking is designed to accelerate business contacts through facilitated introductions and conversations – at speed. A common structure is to rotate all participants in quick succession so that each person gets the chance to engage one on one with as many people as possible. For each rotation, you have a set time – generally 3 minutes each – to introduce yourself and learn more about the other person, making speed networking highly efficient.
Each person has time to deliver their elevator pitch and find out how they can be of service to each other including making introductions to others in their networks. For the busy, time-poor business professional, making many new connections in as little time as possible is gold.
On discovering a shared interest, you can exchange business cards and set up a future meeting. Or, if the person is not the connection you’re looking for, you will quickly move on to the next person with no obligation to hang around or meet later. No time is wasted.
Speed networking is a great way to meet business professionals outside of your usual circle of influence who are actively seeking new markets or sourcing new suppliers. In other words, they are ready to do business. Once you find a common interest, it might not be too long before a new business deal, introduction or partnership is underway.
Speed networking is also the ideal way of promoting diversity and inclusion at events as it encourages people to talk to others they may not have otherwise spent time with and it gives everyone a voice with an equal platform.
DiversiTech is a membership community for FinTech to promote diversity and Inclusion - if you are a member this event is free of charge using your unique code (don't have a code? email email@example.com
If you are not yet a member, we invite you to join this event as a taster session - 100% of the cost of your tickets will go to charity. The money raised will go to The National Autistic Society, who we will work with to encourage discussions about inclusion in the workplace and how to achieve it.
We thank Ashurst for kindly hosting this event and providing us with drinks and nibbles. Ashurst's global fintech team provides cutting-edge advice to some of the world's leading financial businesses in relation to the rapidly evolving technology landscape in the financial sector.
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