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Speed Networking: A round-robin approach to making business connections through accelerated conversations.

On Friday, Feb. 24, The H.O.P.E. Scholarship hosted its 1st Annual Speed Networking Mixer for a packed house. With 16 sponsoring companies, we were excited to highlight Washington-based business owners in industries ranging from realty and photography to public relations and philanthropy.

The event’s theme was Mix.Mingle.Network, and we did just that. Merging the standard networking format with a fun new speed networking prototype, we were able to convert many longtime networking nay-sayers.

If you weren’t able to attend, we won’t be so selfish as to not share this nugget given to us during a presentation by Joey Price, founder of Jumpstart:HR. Unfortunately we can’t capture his perfect delivery, we can say Joey put our minds at ease by saying, “It’s simple, just T.A.L.K.” :

T: Talk yourself up A: Approach with a plan L: Listen and lock in K: Keep in touch

To paint the picture of the actual speed networking portion, we set up the 3rd floor of Touchdown DC with wall to wall tables and chairs which were filled to capacity. Each pair had 6 minutes to introduce themselves and exchange information before their opportunity to introduce themselves to the next participant. So much energy was flowing in the space that the heat became too much, or at least that’s how we’ll portray it. Lol, sorry it was so hot.

No one left empty handed. Outside of a handful of business cards participants had the chance to win one of the many beautiful prizes provided by our sponsors.

The “HOPEteam” was very excited to put a face to the Twitter handles of some of our virtual friends. Actually if you don’t want to take our word on the event’s success take theirs:

  • @JeffTrouble: Man, @HopeScholarship really executed tonight. Great networking event!
  • @TruArtist83: s/o to @HopeScholarship for organizing this network mixer. Ambitious folks all over the room. #inspirational
  • @MissNoce: If this aint networking idk what is! @HopeScholarship raised the bar win this speed networking mixer #hopemixer wow intense but a GOOD time!

We would be remissed to not give special thanks to the many outlets that shared the event with their network and were a large part of making the event a success. Thanks to HBCU Digest, District Diva, FreeinDC, The Usual Suspectz and The Washington Post and many others who spread the word digitally and word of mouth.

Here’s a sneak peak of the photos from the evening. Like the H.O.P.E. Facebook page to be the first to see additional photos from the event that will be posted later this week.

As always,

Give HOPE. Live HOPE.