Speed Dating and its offshoots have captured the imagination of popular culture, fitting nicely into the fast-paced environment of 21st-century America.In 2000, the dating technique reached craze status, spreading quickly to rest of the Western world, taking strong footholds in both England and Australia.It’s natural to arrive a little nervous to a speed dating event, particularly if you have never been speed dating before and don’t know what to expect.
The individuals sit across from one another and after the set time period--generally one or two minutes--the outside circle of people gets up and moves in one direction around the circle until everyone has met.
But the problem is, how do you meet them in the first place?
Sure there are ways--bars, blind dates, dating services, online, etc.
It's a good tool for business people to apply the "visibility" stage of the VCP Process --Visibility, Credibility, Profitability--that I mentioned in my past article, " Build Relationships that Last ." The potential downside to speed networking is if someone thinks this is "all" they have to do to network effectively.
The key to making speed networking work, is to take those contacts and develop them over time into "credible" relationships that lead to "profitable" referral partners.