Waldrep at the National American Institute of Architects Convention, the idea of Speed Mentoring was born.
In addition, if the speed networking model calls for specific movements of participants (to a preassigned table or group, for example) then the moderator would also facilitate these details.
In the round robin model of speed networking attendees meet each other sequentially. Chairs are often organized in two circles or facing rows of desks.
The host calls for the beginning of the meeting – often by use of a bell or buzzer – and the persons introduce themselves, taking turns to give a brief summary of business history and goals.
Often business cards are exchanged and possibly additional information for a follow up meeting.
Following this open forum, during which drinks or food may be served, the event can be called to order by the host who explains the structure of the event, which differs slightly based on the available models (see below).
In general, speed networking events all have time limits placed on the interactions and a moderator that will time and announce these intervals.
Each table seats a specific number of participants, depending on attendance. Table assignments are often predetermined by computer software but other techniques can be used to determine the groups each attendee participates in.
Each person at the table takes a few minutes – the length of these introductions can also be set – to introduce him or herself.
After a set period of time – usually a few minutes – the moderator/host calls time and the meeting is over.
Then either the inner or outer circle sitters – or the front or back line of desks – would move to the next space.
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.