Q. How does it Rapid Networking work?
A. You start by checking in and getting your name tag. Then off to enjoy the delicious happy hour appetizers and grab a cocktail. Then you’re off to visit our sponsor tables and mingle while enjoying the food, drinks and the many professionals in attendance . The pre-networking cocktails and mingling lasts from 6:30-7:30pm.
Around 7:30PM once everyone is checked-in, we start with a mini presentation give away raffle prizes and then the 4-5 Minute Networking rotations begin. You'll talk with one person for a few minutes, we'll ring a bell, then it's off to the next business person. We provide you with a networking form for those of you that want to take notes or for those who do not have business cards or marketing materials. If you arrive late we do not guarantee that you can participate in a full round of Networking sessions but we will do our best to add you to the rotations.
Please add your business cards in our win Prizes container to win great prizes donated from our sponsors. You and your company are welcome to donate any product or services to get exposure at the event.
Q. How many people will I meet?
A. At a RapidNetworking for business event you have the opportunity to meet tons of new contacts during the entire evening. During a typical networking session you will typically meet 12-20 people depending on the number of attendees. Our staff will also do personal introductions…just ask!
Q. How will I stay in contact with the people I meet?
A. Since this event offers the opportunity for you to meet so many people, it would be impossible to connect you with everyone you meet! This is where your networking and social skills come into play. You must exchange information with business cards, or you can use the note pads and pens provided at the event. The BEST way to stay connected is to JOIN our Rapid Resource Directory where you can post your business and get massive exposure. Simply add your business listing with your photo and contact information and you can inform people you are on our site to make it easy to connect again. We guarantee you will get many new leads for your business and social life. Check it out in our Resource Directory area.
Q. What is the age range of those who attend?
A. These events are open to all age groups and we find the average age is between 20-50. You never know who you could meet since these events are for building community, making new friends and creating new business contacts. Stay open and bring friends! We have had many people hook up for business, friendship and so people do end up meeting people to date…in all age ranges. You never know what magic can happen! This is not a singles event and there are single and married people that attend.
Q. I can tell immediately if I do not want to network with someone. Do I still have to talk with him/her?
A. The rotations are only 4-5 minutes for this reason. If you don't want to go connect with the person, be professional and kind, chat briefly and when the bell rings move on or take a quick restroom break if you know somone seated across from you.. Being considerate of everyone helps other people feel comfortable to meet you. Remember, this person could become a good friend or business prospect . . . stay open and let go of judgments! If you come with a friend split up so you don't end up rotating with friends.
Q. Can you offer some RAPID NETWORKING TIPS:What kinds of questions should I ask?
A. The people who have the best experience at this event keep the following tips in mind:
(1) Dress for success! A first impression is a lasting one. (We recommend NO jeans or sneakers!)
(2) Be open to meeting everyone. You never know who you will meet... there is potential for everything from business partnerships to friendships nad you might even meet someone to date. Also, remember that the person across from you might not relate to you, but his/her best friend may be perfect for you in business or for friendship.
(3) Prepare a good one minute pitch on yourself and your work.
(4) Prepare a few questions you might ask such as:
*Tell me about your business and your goals
.*What excites you about your work and your life?
*What contacts can we share to support each other?
Remeber you each only have a few minutes so share the time evenly and take notes for follow up.
(5) Have Fun! This is a unique experience that will allow you to practice meeting a variety of different people in a short amount of time. Bring business cards and marketing materials to exchange!
Q. I've contacted a few people, but haven't heard back - what do I do?
A. People who network alot get tons of contacts and follow up is the key to great networking. We suggest taking notes on business cards to remember what you might have discussed with the people you met. We all have good intentions to remember and little notes can spark the connection and help build the rapport when you follow up. Create a list of the people you have met and email or contact them within a few days. Often people meet so many people they may not have time to return all the calls or emails right away, so send a follow up reminder and or leave a message to reignite the contact. And those who are interested will get back to you!
Q. Any "tips" to help me have a great experience?
A. Of course! First, be open to meeting everyone. Second, be a good listener and ask interesting questions. Third Keep an open mind and don't get attached to the results. Finally, have fun!