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Tim Smith’s Speed Networking Review

By | Business

I attended Tim Smith’s speed networking breakfast on Monday 19th of March. The breakfast was a early wake up, starting at 6.45am at the Little Collins Street cafe, Henry and the Fox.

I was invited by Tim, from Sable International who successfully ran this event.

Before we began in our speed networking, we sat down and ate breakfast. I ordered the smashed avocado and cherry tomatoes on toast which was delicious. It was a great chance to relax and get to really know the attendees. .

The speed networking was very fast paced and loud but the cafe, Henry and the Fox was a perfect environment for a event like this as we were placed in a back room.

Similar to speed dating, there were two long tables where you sit across the table from a partner and have 30 seconds each to introduce and chat about your business. This is where it is important to master your pitch as 30 seconds is a very quick time frame to discuss your business!

 

The turn out for Tim’s speed networking event was really good, with up to 45 people attending. A few attendees stood up and spoke about other networking events around Melbourne that they find useful to attend such as Fresh Hub networking, Your Time Matters events and South East Manufacturing Association (SEMA). They host regular networking events every fortnight.

This event is a perfect opportunity to network and meet like minded individuals for someone who is new to networking.

Tim has a wide selection of networks from different industries. It is recommended that you join his mailing list as Tim sends regular emails with upcoming events each month.

Things to Note:

  • Location: 525 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
  • Highlight: Meeting new people and learning about their business
  • Cost: $25 for breakfast
  • Hot Tip: Bring heaps of business cards and a pen

Ratings:

  • Venue: 4/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 3/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 5/5

Total: 17/20

BNI Limitless Networking Meeting Tullamarine

By | Business

I attended the BNI Limitless meeting in Tullamarine. The event was held at the Quality hotel.

BNI is a referral based network that has many chapters across Melbourne. I attended this chapter by invitation through my contact Jane from KISS Print Services. Jane and I often attend networking events together. Jane is a member of this BNI chapter.

It is often a good idea to attend networking events with someone that you know. It helps provide reassurance that you are not alone at the event and also makes networking easier as it is sometimes easier to approach a group rather than an individual person.

BNI groups are a useful tool for businesses that provide transnational services such as printing, trades or property services to get together. BNI groups provide attendees with the ability to network with a range of people from their local community. It also provides a structure support network for these businesses. I have been to a few BNI groups in the past, and this group I have to say is one of the friendliest that I have been to.

At BNI Tullamarine

At BNI Tullamarine

To be able to fully experience a BNI you need to go to it, as it is not for everyone.

While this was an event that generally falls during breakfast, there was no breakfast provided with the event – so if you do attend this make sure that you eat before. It also took about an hour to get there via Uber – there was no way of easily leaving the BNI and I was fortunate that one of the attendees as able to offer me a lift back. Otherwise I would have been stuck on public transport for around 2 hours.

Location: 265 Mickleham Road, Tullamarine, VIC 3043

Cost: Free

Highlight: Speaker – discussing plumbing services  – learned things about plumbing that I never knew

Hot tip: Eat breakfast before you attend

Rating 3/5