The Pace of your Networking
Everyone networks in a different way, and at a different pace, which explains why there are so many successful networking events offered by varying groups with differing styles and objectives and each with their own merits.
The networking terrain in some locations is a busy one and so for networkers experienced or new, selection criteria need to include reviewing the group’s culture, event structure and content, the added value benefits and of course logistics and cost. To this could be added the issue of pace – in all its guises.
- Frequency – How often do you want to network and does the group meet weekly, fortnightly, monthly or less?
Format – Is the event well structured and organised so it progresses at the right speed with sufficent time for the planned content and to facilitate introductions and broker connections?
- Style of interaction – Do you prefer a faster, more direct style of event to exchange cards with the plenty, deliver quick fire 60 second introductions, and adhere to timed sessions such as 121’s or referrals; or do you prefer informal meetings, small groups or round-table environments?
- Interaction – How often do you want to be contacted by a group, with what information, and how quickly after an event with any follow up contacts, resources and future event information?
- Follow up – How is your own pace with relationship building after meeting new contacts? What are your follow-up guidelines and what do you expect of others? Do you commit to certain tasks to pursue conversations and introductions in a timely fashion?
All factors (and many more) involve timescales and therefore an understanding of the pace at which you want to network is essential. Find what works for you and commit to a consistent approach, and networking will work more effectively. But, don’t get too comfortable either! Step outside your ‘comfort zone’ every so often and change pace too.
Colony has always chosen to mix up the content, introduce variety at every event, and change pace when needed to maximise contact time and value for participants. One of its faster paced events is Speed Networking which is run twice a year but always against the backdrop of a friendly and informal environment that fosters progressive relationship building. To try our Speed Networking on Thursday 21 January 2016, or to view any of our other events, click here