This evening Authentic Education held a Speed Networking event. This event was slower to the previous Speed Networking events I have attended. Rather than having two minutes to discuss both person’s business and exchange business cards, this event allowed two minutes per person with an additional minute at the end to exchange business cards. While this could be beneficial for people who are less experienced with networking, many people who I spoke with agreed that it was too much time.
Despite the extended time the evening was a success. I spoke with a number of people setting up operations within Australia for international companies, ranging from IT service companies through to food technology firms. I also spoke with individuals either starting their own business or working in a local company. The extended time per person also allowed for a more in-depth conversation about how we can help with their businesses.
The host gave out a door prize with a bit of a different twist, he got the people drawn out to give a pitch to the room. I was one of the people drawn and was more than willing to give a pitch. The host also provided tips and feedback on each pitch. Given the clarity of our pitch the majority of the room understood what it is that Business Growth Partners does and how we can help small and medium businesses.
I thoroughly enjoy Speed Networking events, while this one was at a slower pace, I would certainly attend Speed Networking events by Authentic Education in the future.
Things to Note
- Location: Curate Gallery, 306 Collins Street, Melbourne
- Highlight: Opportunity to meet a variety of people
- Cost: Free
- Hot Tip: As always, bring a lot of business cards
- Venue: 3/5
- Catering: N/A
- Speakers: 3/5
- Networking Opportunity: 4.5/5