At the event, numbered stations are set up where attendees meet with their assigned partners according to their list for a set period of time.A typical station-based speed networking event may yield 7 to 10 contacts during an hour-long event.In general, speed networking events all have time limits placed on the interactions and a moderator that will time and announce these intervals.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.Participants greet each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time.
After a set period of time – usually a few minutes – the moderator/host calls time and the meeting is over.
In the group-based model of speed networking attendees do not meet individually but instead are assigned to a sequence of tables.
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.
In 2006, after Kim co-hosted an American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Salon on mentorship and other issues for architecture students and emerging professionals with Lee W.
Waldrep at the National American Institute of Architects Convention, the idea of Speed Mentoring was born.