Participants greet each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time.During an interaction, participants share their professional backgrounds and business goals.Speed mentoring events can be traced back to the architectural profession. Kim, through her work as the Intern Development Program (IDP) Washington State Coordinator advocated for interns to find a mentor outside their firm.However, she found that many young interns, especially those new to Seattle, had a difficult time identifying potential mentors. Waldrep co-hosted an American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) salon on mentorship at the National American Institute of Architects Convention, the idea of Speed Mentoring was born.Speed networking is particularly useful "when many organisations are gathering at large events." Speed mentoring sessions are typically "a series of short, focused conversations about specific questions.
At five minutes, the bell was rung again and one row of people moved two seats down. While they were not asked to rank their top choices, the idea was that if this exercise were repeated at a local chapter or in a large office, the interns could rank their mentor preferences.
Time at the table varies based on how the event organiser coordinate the event but usually lasts five to 15 minutes. Many organizations use speed networking to structure events: alumni associations, chambers of commerce, business associations, universities and trade shows.
Events that benefit from speed networking include: membership drives, networking events, mentoring programs, career fairs, team building exercises and vendor pairings.
Following a brief settling-in period, the host starts the second round of meetings.
In Round Robin speed networking, a participant would meet an average of 10 contacts during an hour-long event.