Lachlan and I attended the Fresh Business Speed Networking event on the morning of Friday the 13th of July.
Fresh is a networking community aimed at business owners expand their networks through relationship building in a empowering environment. There are 15 Fresh Hub’s around Melbourne and they host events every two weeks for members and their guests to attend. This event brought together all the Melbourne Hubs.
Lachlan and I arrived at the Metropolitan Hotel where the function room upstairs was set out for our Speed Networking event. Before the actual speed networking began, there was an opportunity to network with the attendees while making a coffee or breakfast.
We were quite impressed with the delicious food on offer at the Metropolitan Hotel. There was a various selection of breakfast items such as eggs, bacon and tomato. As well as a variety of fruit and cereal. The catering was a real highlight for such an early morning start!
There was a guest speaker, Shaun Resnik from VitalMe. He presented and discussed the importance of active listening. This discussion was quite fitting as we were about to begin our speed networking. The room was busy and loud so actively listening to the business contact in front of you is very important!
Similar to other speed networking events in the past. There were two long tables where you are seated across from a business contact. There are 2 minutes allocated to chat and introduce yourself and your business to the contact in front of you before moving onto the next business owner.
One side of the table was Fresh Networking members and the other side was guests. As there was two of us, Lachlan and I split up so we didn’t chat to the same contacts. The Fresh Networking members all recommended that we joined each of their Hubs.
The type of businesses who attended were a mix. There were mortgage brokers, accountants, law firms, management consultants as well as business coaches, stylist as well as a behavioral specialist.
Overall, Fresh Business Speed Networking event was quite enjoyable to attend. The networking environment is fast pace and fun. All members are welcoming of new attendees and are keen to continue chatting after your two minutes is over.
Things to Note:
- Location: Metropolitan Hotel, 263 William Street, Melbourne, 3000
- Highlight: Meeting a selection of new businesses
- Cost: $30
- Hot Tip: Bring a lot of business cards
- Venue: 4/5
- Catering: 5/5
- Speaker: 3/5
- Networking Opportunity: 4/5