90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars.In just over two hours, I was able to network with 30 other people.The event took place at a local hotel and the first hour had the traditional networking feel: a cash bar, appetizers and a bunch of folks standing around in business attire chatting and smiling.
Through the more traditional method, I met about ten people at this event. Although I’ve been in leadership roles for years and portray an “extroverted” personality at work, I am truly more of an introvert in my personal life.Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process of dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people.Its origins are credited to Rabbi Yaacov Deyo of Aish Ha Torah, originally as a way to help Jewish singles meet and marry.Last night I went to my first “speed networking” event.Similar to speed dating, with speed networking participants have the opportunity to network with many other business professionals in a very short period of time.
At Oregon State University we have begun using variations on the "speed dating" model (just another name for structured networking) in a wide variety of settings. Sessions in conferences and workshops, whether keynote addresses, panels, or town hall meetings, share a common characteristic: one person at a time speaks, and everyone else is expected to listen.