Four reasons why you should try speed networking

EIGHTY per cent of businesses who have engaged with Robert Gordon University’s Talent Exchange project are new to working with the university.

Attendance at the Chamber’s networking events has contributed to a number of these connections.

This has given us the opportunity to connect numerous businesses with the talents of RGU’s students to arrange work experience solutions which suit the needs of small business.

As a member of the Talent Exchange team, I have had the opportunity to attend a number of Chamber events with varying formats over the past year.

Despite this, I would admit that I felt apprehensive attending my first speed networking event. It was one of the more intense events I have been to but also one of the most rewarding.

Break the ice

If you are new to networking, speed networking might be the perfect thing for you.

It may seem like a dive into the deep end but it takes away a lot of the awkwardness that comes with more informal networking structures.

Once you have met a few networkers you will have a bank of familiar faces that you can chat to and who can make introductions for you at other events.

Raise your profile

Similarly, if you are new on the networking scene, speed networking is a great way to get word out about your business.

If you have come up with an innovative new product or service this could be a great way to generate a buzz around it.

Perfect your pitch

Speed networking is the perfect opportunity to practice and perfect your business proposition.

Try different language, a different angle or tailor your pitch to the needs of the person sitting opposite you.

You only get two minutes so make it count!

Meet lots of contacts

Speed networking means you can make your way around the room and meet a high number of people in a relatively short time – perfect if you have a busy schedule.

So, why not give it a go?

I have had the opportunity to meet some great people and make valuable connections at speed networking and if two minutes aren’t enough, the Chamber team sends over attendee information before the event and can make introductions over lunch.