If you are looking for Long
Island Speed Networking
events or New
York Speed Networking
for Business events, you will see that you have
quite a few choices with respect to choosing a NY Networking event.
Unfortunately all business networking events are not the same and it really
comes down to how the networking event is organized. Here are some guidelines
to selecting a NY speed networking event:
1. Is it a speed networking event or a speed pitching event?
There is speed networking where you sit down face to face, one on one with
other participants (brainstorm, exchange ideas, build initial rapport), and
help determine who you would like to follow up with. Even if your
business does not relate to the person you are sitting with, it is very
possible that they know someone who can help you or vice versa. This is
the format FaceToFaceNetworking.com uses.
Other companies use a speed pitching format (although they call it speed
networking). You sit at a table with approximately 6-8 other
participants. Each person stands up and gives a one minute pitch about
themselves. Others at the table will place a card in a box if they would
like to follow up with this person. In this format, there is no back and
forth exchange of information, no chance to have an interactive conversation
and build rapport.
2. Do you get to meet everyone in attendance:
You will have 12-20 face to face networking sessions during the event, each
one lasting about 4 minutes. Then you will have the opportunity during the
general networking mixer portion of the evening to meet those you didnít get
to speak to during the speed networking portion... or for those of you who
prefer a less structured event
3. Are their any limits to the number of participants per company or industry?
Their is nothing worse than signing up for an event only to find that
you will be meeting with six financial advisors, five accountants, four real
estate professionals, or others who work for the same company you do, but at a
different branch. FaceToFaceNetworking.com limits our regular events to
no more than two individuals per profession and one individual per
company. This format may change when we are hired by a chamber of
commerce or other organization to run a private speed networking session.
4. Do you have to scream to be heard?
Our regular speed networking events are structured so that you have enough
elbow room between you and the next set of participants. You can hear
your partner and be heard. Other companies sometimes take a lot more
participants cramming you in so tight that you can not hear yourself speak, no
less the other person.