Coffee: 8:00 a.m.
Speed Networking: 8:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Capitalize on BILD’s powerful network and a tool for marketing your business and yourself.
This is not your typical meeting. This organized networking session is a great way to meet new and existing members, and build your industry network. In 2 hours, you will connect with dozens of contacts in a quick, organized, no pressure format.
Our round-robin approach to meeting fellow members can provide exposure to many people in a short amount of time. It is a way to let others know who you are and what you are looking for, whether new customers or clients, or simply create awareness about your business, brand and services.
Limited two per company. Bring plenty of business cards.
REGISTER EARLY to avoid disappointment.
Who Should Attend:
• New Members
• Contract Managers
• Decor Managers
• Sales & Marketing Managers
• Suppliers & Manufacturers
• Trade Contractors
• Service, Professional and financial members
How It Works:
In our round robin model, participants meet each other sequentially in random pairings. To facilitate movement of participants, the chairs in the room are organized in facing rows of desks.
Our event host will explain how the event will proceed. Each meeting is four (4) minutes in length, with each participant having 2 minutes each.
Once the round begins, the participants in each meeting introduce themselves, briefly summarizing their business histories and goals. They often exchange business cards and possibly additional information for a follow-up meeting. A few questions and answers back and forth can quickly clarify if there is any potential for a follow up phone call or meeting. At the halfway point (a bell will sound), the conversation switches to the second person, who introduces themselves and their reason for attending. After a second exchange of information, the event host rings a bell and you move on to the next person.
The inner line of desks – moves to the next space. Following a brief settling-in period, the event host starts the second round of meetings.
Preparation for Speed Networking
• Practice a 60-second statement that includes your name, title or occupation, and what you are looking for, or what service you provide to the industry. Some people like speed networking because you get right to the point and there is no time for small talk.
• Make sure you have a supply of business cards ready. We suggest you bring at least 30. If you
• Assemble brochures or other type of handout, if applicable.
• Bring a pen, notepad, and your appointment calendar with you.
• Usually attire is business casual.
• Remember that you have a few seconds to make a positive first impression.
During the Event
• First of all, have fun. The fast pace of this kind of event contributes to a high level of energy in the room.
• Usually 4 minutes are allowed for each round; the event host will inform the group about the time frame.
• As you meet each person, shake hands and exchange names and business cards. Read each card as you accept it. A good system to keep the cards organized: keep your business cards in one jacket pocket, and the business cards given to you in the other.
• The first person introduces themselves and their purpose, and a very brief conversation takes place.
• Be extremely aware of the time factor so the second person doesn’t get their time cut short. Talking too long in a situation like this is highly insensitive and damages your first impression.
• Take notes on the back of your partner’s business card. This may include notes on how they look or what they are wearing to help you remember them.
• Suggest a next step, if appropriate. You may not have time to schedule a phone call or meeting, so follow up the next day will be important.
• Above all, respect the process. At the signal, end your conversation immediately and move, or allow the other person to move, to next person. You can always continue conversations later.