After a set time period of a few minutes, the host stops the first round of meetings.Then either the inner or outer circle participants – or the front or back line of desks – moves to the next space.A bell was rung at which time the two facing individuals traded business cards, introduced themselves and shared what they were looking for in a mentoring relationship.
To facilitate movement of participants, the chairs in the room are often organized in two circles or facing rows of desks.The host opens the first round of meetings, usually with a bell or buzzer.Speed mentoring events can be traced back to the architectural profession. Kim, through her work as the Intern Development Program (IDP) Washington State Coordinator advocated for interns to find a mentor outside their firm. At the 2007 National AIA Convention (San Antonio, TX), 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.However, she found that many young interns, especially those new to Seattle, had a difficult time identifying potential mentors. After a brief overview of mentorship and the available resources, this interactive session required attendees to participate in a live demonstration of the program.if the event calls for participants to moved to preassigned tables or groups, the moderator will facilitate this.
In the Round Robin model, participants meet each other sequentially in random pairings.The two participants in each meeting introduce themselves, briefly summarizing their business histories and goals.They often exchange business cards and possibly additional information for a follow-up meeting.Speed daters are trying to narrow down their choices by eliminating the unsuitable; conversely, speed networkers are trying to broaden their connections by increasing their exposure.Most speed networking events begin in an open room for Participants to mingle. The moderator will place time limits on the participants interactions, telling them when the time intervals have expired.Time at the table varies based on how the event organiser coordinate the event but usually lasts five to 15 minutes. Many organizations use speed networking to structure events: alumni associations, chambers of commerce, business associations, universities and trade shows.