Conquer the Clock: Speed Networking Tips for Success

By on February 5, 2024

The Outer Banks Chamber is hosting a Speed Networking Event on Tuesday, February 20 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at Comfort Inn North in Kill Devil Hills. Use the tips below to get the most out of this event and any other networking events you attend in the future!

Speed networking can be a whirlwind of introductions and quick conversations. But amidst the rapid exchange, valuable connections can blossom if you’re prepared. Here are some tips to ensure you make the most of your speed networking experience:

Before the Event:
  • Craft a compelling elevator pitch: This 30-second summary of yourself, your work, and your goals should be clear, concise, and engaging. Practice it until it sounds natural and confident.
  • Do your research: If participant information is available beforehand, scan through profiles to identify individuals you’d like to connect with. Tailor your pitch and questions accordingly.
  • Prepare conversation starters: Have a few open-ended questions ready to break the ice and guide the conversation.
During the Event:
  • Make a strong first impression: Smile, make eye contact, and offer a firm handshake. Remember, first impressions matter, so project confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Be an active listener: Pay close attention to what your partner is saying. Ask follow-up questions and genuinely show interest in their work and goals.
  • Highlight your value proposition: Clearly communicate how your skills or experience can benefit others. Focus on finding common ground and building rapport.
  • End with a call to action: Before the timer runs out, suggest connecting on LinkedIn, exchanging business cards, or scheduling a follow-up call.
  • Take notes: Jot down key details about each conversation to refresh your memory later and personalize your follow-up messages.
After the Event:
  • Connect on social media: Follow up with your new connections on LinkedIn and other relevant platforms. This keeps you visible and reminds them of your conversation. Check out the Outer Banks Chamber’s online business directory as a resource for business names, websites, etc.
  • Send personalized emails: Within 24 hours, send a brief email thanking them for their time and mentioning something specific you discussed. This reinforces your interest and keeps the connection alive. (Participants for the Chamber’s 2/20 event will receive a list of attendees).
  • Nurture the relationships: Stay connected by engaging with their posts, offering congratulations on achievements, or sharing relevant industry news. Building genuine relationships takes time and effort. Following the Chamber on Facebook is another great way to stay in the know!
Bonus Tips:
  • Dress professionally: First impressions matter, so dress in a way that reflects your industry and personal brand. Also, wear something you’re comfortable in; this is the Outer Banks, after all!
  • Be mindful of time: Respect the timer and avoid talking over others. Stick to your prepared questions and keep your responses concise.
  • Be yourself: Authenticity is key. Let your personality shine through and don’t try to be someone you’re not.
  • Have fun: Speed networking can be a rewarding experience. Relax, enjoy the conversations, and embrace the opportunity to expand your network.

By following these tips, you can maximize your speed networking experience and forge valuable connections that can benefit you both personally and professionally. Remember, it’s not just about talking; it’s about building genuine relationships that can last. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the challenge, and conquer the clock!

To learn more and sign up for the event visit Outer Banks Chamber Speed Networking Event.

Upcoming Chamber Events:

Friday, February 9, 4:00 pm

  • Business After Hours
  • The Fraternal Order of Eagles 4506
  • 2706 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head


Tuesday, February 13, 4:00 pm

  • Ribbon Cutting: Outer Banks Community Foundation
  • 704 S Highway 64/264 Manteo


Tuesday, February 20, 9:00 am

  • Speed Networking Event
  • Comfort Inn on the Ocean
  • 1601 S VA Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills


Thursday, February 29, 4:30 pm

  • Ribbon Cutting: FullTilt Blinds & Shutters
  • 509 W Fresh Pond Drive, Kill Devil Hills


Friday, March 8, 12:00 pm

  • Annual Women’s Luncheon
  • Basnight’s Lone Cedar CafĂ©
  • 7623 S VA Dare Trail, Nags Head


For more information visit Outer Banks Chamber website.

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