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Thursday, July 25 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Speed Networking at BLC!

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Make more connections! Join us for a speed networking session at BLC2013. Through quick, structured conversations, you’ll broaden your connections and increase exposure for you, your organization or your cause. You'll also have the opportunity to gain new networking skills, ideas, and conversation starters.

How it works: Participants greet each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time. During an interaction, attendees share their professional backgrounds and business goals. Networkers are generally seeking exposure to new markets and/or to expand their pool of relevant professional contacts.

Speed Networking Tips 

So how do you go about participating in speed networking with the proper focus to make the most of your time?  Here are a few tips:

1. Start with the end in mind.  You're there to find ways to connect with each and every person you have the opportunity to sit in front of for a few minutes. While you will not, realistically, become close friends with every person in the room, you're increasing your potential contacts by meeting many people in one setting.

2. Conduct the exercise as a mini interview. Aim to collect meaningful data. Think in terms of what you can find out about the person you're meeting. Adopt the mindset of working to mutually benefit one another. Ask questions that'll clarify where and how you can help one another. 

3. Follow up. If you don't follow up with those you meet during the speed networking exercise, you will only have succeeded in wasting your time--which is exactly what you were trying to avoid by attending the event in the first place. Collect the business cards of each person you sit with during the exercise. The magic happens after the exercise, in the weeks and months to come. 


Thursday July 25, 2013 5:15pm - 6:15pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor

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