As founder of the world's largest business referral and networking organization, you might not be surprised to learn that I have some definite opinions and ideas about how to best use speed networking as a tool for creating viable referral partnerships.
First, I think speed networking is a great way to meet other business professionals in a short period of time.
One speed-dating company in New York City, for example, holds a gathering almost every day.
Speed dating events can provide you with significant earnings while performing a public service for lonely hearts.
While marketing the event certainly plays a role in drawing paying participants, the location of the event is equally important to your success.
Start-up companies now meet with investors, pregnant couples interact with doulas, and homeless dogs court potential owners, all using the speed-dating format.
Some years ago I caved to my curiosity and tried it out myself. When the little buzzer went off after three minutes, I often found myself still trying to explain to my bedazzled dating partner why my last name has four syllables (it is Dutch).
AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, I have always found the concept of speed dating fascinating.
During a series of mini dates, each spanning no more than a couple of minutes, participants in a speed-dating event evaluate a succession of eligible singles.That’s the reason why speed dating is such a prominent event this season.While it can be found in a simple google search of your local events, I feel that if you want to really have you and your friends enjoy it, you can host a private speed dating event yourself!These tips will help you organize one that is fun and full of possibilities, without so much hassle.Abbi Gabasa is the a columnist and former managing editor of Ms Career and owner of Upraised They make split-second decisions on matters of the heart, creating a pool of information on one of the more ineffable yet vital questions of our time—how we select our mates.