I’ve been to a number of networking events, but this was special for a couple of reasons. First, it was my first time “speed networking” and second, I drove 5 hours to get to the event. (Road trip!)
I actually drove up the day before and stayed at a motel next door to where the networking took place. It was a beautiful day for a drive, even though it’s Construction Season for both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Speed networking is when you’re given one minute to explain your business to someone; they have one minute to explain their business; you exchange business cards and move on to the next business owner. It was a blast! And so noisy it was hard to hear the Guy-In-Charge announce the end of each minute. By the end of the hour, my voice was almost gone so my last few contacts probably didn’t hear a thing I said. So I pointed to the tagline on my business card and showed them the back of the card where my sales pitch was listed.
The only dicey moment was when a local Realtor tried to give me a magnetic Vikings schedule. I politely refused, saying my sister had already sent me a Packers schedule for my refrigerator door. He was very understanding…
The event was held in the morning, Tabitha and I had a nice lunch & chat, and then I was back on the road again.
If you get the chance to Speed Network, try it! Just make sure you have plenty of business cards with your services listed, in case your voice gives out in the end!
Oh yeah – as to the question of whether Speed Networking is profitable? I’ll let you know…