Aaron Lykken, Manager – Academic Services and Technologies
Earlier this month we brought together the entire TMMBA network (alumni, current students, and incoming students) for TMMBA Speed Networking. The event is exactly how it sounds, we take TMMBA alumni/students from various professional backgrounds and randomly mix them across tables. Tables have 5-6 participants and each are allowed about 3-4 minutes to give a brief introduction of themselves and what they do. At the end of the round a bell is rung and participants rotate to another randomly assigned table, placing them with an entirely new group of professionals to interact with.
The beauty of the event is that it puts a fun spin on the old concept of networking events which typically includes beverages and snacks while you mingle across pods of people…BORING! With Speed Networking you can gracefully bow out of an unproductive conversation by literally being “saved by the bell” and most importantly it makes your conversations more efficient as you are sure to connect with practically everyone in attendance! Just like in real world interactions, you often have limited time to make that critical first impression and to convey important information to other parties.
We had strong attendance and look forward to connecting more people later in the year.