I feel the need… the need for speed!
(as quoted by the dishy Tom Cruise in Top Gun)
This months MBW meeting was held at the Laichmoray Hotel in Elgin, in their very nice Maisondieu Suite. On arrival the lovely Bev greeted everyone and handed them their name badges – this month with a coloured dot on them. We were instructed to talk to someone with a different coloured ‘dot’ to our own… This meeting was all about networking and meeting as many people as possible, so I did as I was told and headed towards new member Denise Bedson who was a different colour ‘dot’ to me.
Dinner was served promptly, in the upstairs room which looked really nice. President, Marie Smith started off proceedings with all the latest news and upcoming events. I was the only one on my table to have chosen the vegetable lasagne, and everyone else had dinner envy! It was delicious, although I’m not sure serving garlic bread at a networking event was the smartest idea – apologies to everyone I spoke to afterwards!
Desert was just as good, a trio of deliciousness – cheesecake, profiteroles and meringue. After that feast, none of us were feeling particularly energetic for the speed networking that was to follow!
The chairs had been set out downstairs ready for speed networking. Imagine musical chairs for 24 women, but without the music. Marie went through the instructions (several times!), and then we were off! 2 minutes for each person to go through their spiel, exchange business cards and leaflets, before the whistle blew and we all moved on a chair, to start our 2 minutes again. As the evening progressed the whistle got louder (accompanied by some tuneful banging by Kim Robertson) to encourage us all to move on. I’m sure there was some pretty dodgy time keeping, as the 2 minutes got shorter and shorter!
So, just how many people can you speed network with, in an hour?!
13 to be exact!
Thank you to all the fab ladies that were happy for me to take their photo.
To end the evening the raffle was drawn with a large array of lovely gifts donated by members, with all proceeds going directly to MBW’s chosen charity of 2017, Moray FoodBank. £81 was raised which goes towards the total which is handed over at the end of the year.
It was a really fun night and I met many new people, and learnt new things about people that I already knew.
Unless you’re an extraordinary breed, at networking meetings we naturally gravitate towards people we already know. The speed networking puts everyone in the same boat (or chair!) and encourages you to make new connections. I met a lady who lives in the same village as I do, and we’ve never met before!
Thanks MBW for organising a great night, let’s do it again!
Thank you to our guest blogger this month, Clare Lock of clockstudio > design for business.
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