Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, speed networking was introduced by Michael Piddock, future founder of event technology company Glisser, to increase employee-to-employee connections in corporate events.Although the techniques for speed dating and speed networking can be similar – individuals paired or grouped together for the purpose of introduction – the practices differ in their end goals.Most speed networking events begin in the style of a more traditional meeting: an open room for mingling.
In addition, if the speed networking model calls for specific movements of participants (to a preassigned table or group, for example) then the moderator would also facilitate these details.
Then either the inner or outer circle sitters – or the front or back line of desks – would move to the next space.
Following a brief settling in period, the moderator would call for the next meeting to begin.
In the round robin model of speed networking attendees meet each other sequentially. Chairs are often organized in two circles or facing rows of desks.
The host calls for the beginning of the meeting – often by use of a bell or buzzer – and the persons introduce themselves, taking turns to give a brief summary of business history and goals.
Often business cards are exchanged and possibly additional information for a follow up meeting.