Now that the silly season in terms of Christmas parties and festive networking events is over and everyone is probably thinking about what events to attend or host for the coming year it got us thinking about some of the more unusual networking events we have been to recently. For example, last year I went to a “Networking on Ice” event at Spinningfields in Manchester City Centre, which was exactly that. Ice skating whilst trying to speak to people and make new contacts. We each had a Christmas card and in 5 minute slots had to skate up to as many people as we could and get them to sign our Christmas card and find out a little about them. For those who couldn’t skate it was more a case of clinging onto the side for dear life and hoping someone would come to you. The saving grace was the mulled wine and goulash at the end!
I also recently went to a “Speed Networking” event at a restuarant in Manchester City Centre which works just like speed dating. It is just about the most exhausting networking event I have ever been to – effectively doing a mini pitch to about 30 people on the trot with barely time to come up for air between each one. It turned out to be a great way of finding out who was in the room and whether you had anything in common. I couldn’t do it every week though.
If you have any interesting events or stories from networking events you have been to, plan to go to or are organising …. please feel free to share. The more interesting the better.
Happy New Year!