Most people think of professional networking as a slow, tedious process involving lots of after-work social gatherings spent telling people what you do and why it’s a good idea to get to know you.
At The Business Show 2014, we’re turning that image of networking on its head – we’re proud to announce our sponsorship of the Speed Networking area!
What is speed networking? Think of it as speed dating for professionals. Instead of the usual networking process – long job descriptions over a cup of coffee or pint of beer – it’s a two-minute mini-meeting designed to build connections at warp speed.
Need a web designer? Find the perfect creative match in 120 seconds. Need a sales expert? Find someone with persuasion skills so good they’ll leave you stunned, all in two minutes.
Why speed networking?
Every SME founder’s got an elevator pitch – a description of their business that’s so quick and simple you can repeat it during an elevator ride. But few people have a quick and simple pitch for themselves and what they have to offer.
We see speed networking as an opportunity to achieve two things at once: master your personal sales pitch and sharpen your networking skills, as well as meeting a huge number of exciting, ambitious people who can help you grow your business.
Here’s how it works: you get 30 seconds to pitch your business. Your partner then gets 30 seconds to pitch theirs. After both of your pitches are finished, you’ve got a minute to get to know each other and exchange contact details.
We’re proud to help
We’ve all heard the old saying: “Business isn’t about what you know, but about who you know.” While it’s only half true – knowledge and experience count for a lot – a great personal network can be an immense help for upstart entrepreneurs.
Great networking skills let you find new suppliers to rely on for growth, new sales reps to rely on for customer acquisition, new strategists to help you expand into a different market and – most importantly – new people to keep you motivated.
Come and join us
Are you an ambitious entrepreneur with big goals? Building a personal network is one of the most important steps in establishing your business and fuelling growth, and we want to help you achieve it in record time.
Join us at the Great British Business Show and make contact with 40 talented, smart and ambitious entrepreneurs. Places in our Speed Networking events are limited. To secure your place and build your network, click here now and register in advance.