These are planned events where attendees
meet up with other like-minded people where business cards can be exchanged. It has been observed that there is excellent feedback from these type of events, with guests indicating that speed networking has led to more clients or job opportunities. Keep in mind that speed networking can also be a remote event. This can connect people from all over the globe! EYP is one such group based in London that routinely hosts meetup events for young professionals - where they network and build connections to collaborate on freelance gigs and more.
‘PechaKucha’ is a simple presentation format that was devised in Tokyo in 2003 by local creatives. The speakers talk along on 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. PechaKucha events involve a series of usually 8-15 short stand-up talks! These are often “elevator pitches” by the creators, students, researchers or startups who want to spread their new innovative ideas.
For instance, Ignite Talks gives speakers five minutes to talk on a subject accompanied by 20 slides, spending 15 seconds on each! Similarly, Lightning Talks are informal 5-minute presentations, typically scheduled in a single track.
Lunch clubbing is similar, except that the members are dance enthusiasts. In place of having the usual networking lunch at the venue, people attend a short dance plus network event! Attendees pay a small fee, which also includes drinks and lunch. This concept was started in Sweden by an organization known as Lunch Beat. The company has a set of established rules for participants. Lunch clubbing is especially a good idea if your event caters solely to the local demographic.
This is a super engaging meeting concept. It’s a great fit for participatory events like Unconferences and Open Space Technology. A fishbowl panel discussion comes from the popular ‘open fishbowl conversation format’. Guest panelists occupy two to three chairs. One chair is left empty for audience members. The moderator introduces the topic, and the panelists start discussing it.
Any member of the audience can, at any time, occupy the empty chair and join the fishbowl panel. When this happens, an existing member of the fishbowl must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and free the chair. The discussion continues with participants frequently entering and leaving the panel until the time is up. The moderator then summarizes the discussion!