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Speed Networking with San Diego Professionals – March 20, 2013

20 Feb 2013, by IABC Webmaster in Events, IABC/SD News

Do you want to meet members of the media, local professionals, and nonprofit employees from some of San Diego’s biggest-name companies, like Qualcomm, Scripps, and the San Diego County Airport Authority?

IABC/San Diego is excited to host and partner with some of San Diego’s most exciting professional organizations the San Diego Press Club,  SDSU 20/30’s Alumni and San Diego Coastal Rotary — in a fun-filled speed networking event. The event will take place in Junior Achievement’s Biz Town San Diego — a 10,000 square foot mini-city.  Whether you are looking to expand your network, pitch a story, gain new employment, or simply have a good time, you are guaranteed to leave this must-see venue with least 10 new business contacts. No need to wait. Register today!

Format

5:30 p.m. – check in, drinks and appetizers
5:45 p.m. – introductions and event overview
6:00 p.m. – speed networking (switch conversations every five minutes)
6:25 p.m. – break, first raffle prize selection
6:35 p.m. – speed networking (switch conversations every five minutes)
7:05 p.m. – mingle, final raffle prize selection, drinks and appetizers
7:30 p.m. – event ends

Your admission includes appetizers, one drink ticket, and one raffle ticket. Cash bar available.

Why Should I Speed Network?

Speed networking is all about improving the quality and quantity of your connections. The object is to meet and connect with as many, varied speed networkers as possible. Unlike speed dating, attendees are not there to eliminate new contacts, they are there to cast a wide net and develop relationships with a variety of people. This formula works so well for a number of reasons.

The event’s structure provides a brief platform for each person to speak and then there is a clean break-away point that requires you to move on to the next match-up. Proven to be more effective than traditional networking methods, speed networkers can develop more contacts in one event than most business people do in five months. It’s a uniquely structured, targeted, low pressure form of networking.  The entire process is facilitated for ease and efficiency.

The organized time structure of speed networking also allows participants to sharpen networking skills, and practice and perfect their “elevator pitch.” Ultimately, speed networking makes it possible for participants to soak up information and ideas to help find new jobs, build sales, boost word-of-mouth and enhance lives.

Speed networking is also FUN! The atmosphere at these events is not tense or stuffy, but exciting and adrenaline-fueled. The enthusiasm at at a typical speed networking function becomes contagious and even the most reserved or uncomfortable networkers are buoyed but the tone, informality and shared goal of all attendees. That is, to meet — and help — each other!

Did we convince you? Good! You’re one click away from expanding your network. Register here. Oh, and don’t forget to share the event with your network on Twitter using #SDSpeedNetworking

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