Speed networking is like speed dating for professionals. It’s the business version of Tinder in real life, and a great way to meet potential clients or business partners.

Speed networking is also on the rise; next week in Melbourne alone, there are more than 20 speed networking events, and it’s because professionals are realising the power of collaboration.

What is speed networking?

A speed networking event is an organised meet up for professionals, employers, business owners and investors to meet and greet in an organised environment. Most speed networking events have a tightly run schedule and ten minutes per meet and greet allocated. You’ve got a short amount of time to cut straight to the chase, so whether you’re hiring, looking for work, looking for a business partner or the opportunity for growth, you’ll be forced to bring you’re a-game with such a short window of time.

Why do it?

Speed networking isn’t for everyone. It’s fast-paced, direct, and high powered, so it’ll depend on what you’re trying to get out of it and what your intentions are. Speed networking isn’t about getting an immediate return either; if you meet a professional that you’d like to continue the conversation with, you’ll need to go on to nurture that relationship. Speed networking is a great way to promote your business though, and dropping your business name to fifty people in one night is a great way to expose yourself.

Where can you do it?

Speed networking events are hosted all over the country, both privately and publicly. Creative Cubes hosts speed networking events occasionally, and a day in our office isn’t too dissimilar either. Working from a co-working space is like speed networking every day, in a comfy environment with great internet. If you’re looking for more formal speed networking events with targeted audiences in your industry, try meetup.com or eventbrite.com.au.

What do I need to prepare?

Every speed networking event will be different, but you’ll want to prepare yourself with the basics. Make sure you have your elevator pitch down pat so you can introduce yourself clearly and concisely, and be armed with business cards. If there’s anyone you want to follow up with, make sure you ask for their business card too and make a note straight after the conversation. You’ll end up heading home with 50 business cards and no way of knowing who’s who without a reference note. You’ll also want to prepare a great question to break the ice and think about some professional conversation directions in advance to avoid wasting the few minutes you do have to make an impression.

Have You Had Success Speed Networking?

A quick question for you – have you had any success Speed Networking?  If so, where? when? leave a comment below to share your experience with our community

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Siddharth Vadasseri
01:56 19 Jul 18
I've had the pleasure of working at Creative Cubes since it opened, and what I've loved most is that it isn't just desk space. Working here feels like being part of something. Every day you're surrounded by people pursuing their own endeavours, but doing it side by side in a community. The space itself is so well thought out and aesthetically pleasing, but beyond the beauty on the surface there is a depth here. The members are fantastic, the founders are involved and accessible, and the 'Happiness Team' provides a quality of customer service like no other co-working space I've been to. AND, it's pet friendly!
Judy Anderson
00:34 17 Jul 18
The 'Happiness Team' is what makes this co-working space stand out for me. I've worked out of several co-working spaces across Australia, Singapore & San Francisco. The customer experience at Creative Cubes is the best I've come across. For example, a happiness team member will physically walk to my desk to let me know when a guest has arrived, because they know I'm not always going to see the email notification. Sometimes they even buy me time if I'm running late! Brilliant.
Kristen Holden
02:32 17 Jul 18
The team at cubes are amazing and the space is modern and funky. They have a great mix of different businesses working in the space so the vibe is top notch as well. Would definitely recommend going down and taking a look for your office space or next event!
Lets Mingle
02:38 29 Jun 18
This is one of the best co-working spaces in Melbourne! Loved my time here. Great vibe, great people and great location. The happiness team go above and beyond to ensure the experience of rocking up to work is an enjoyable one! 5/5 from me!
nicole iglicki
00:26 17 Jul 18
Love this co working space.It offers both independent offices and or communal co-working space which is designed to collaborate with other members. It is decorated perfectly and the internet is fast! The Happiness Team also go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and will meet all your required needs.
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