Typical speed dating event
To facilitate movement of participants, the chairs in the room are often organized in two circles or facing rows of desks.
The host opens the first round of meetings, usually with a bell or buzzer.
The profiles are then matched electronically and a list of meetings is generated for participants based on their preferences.
At the event, numbered stations are set up where participants meet with their assigned partners according to their list for a set period of time.
if the event calls for participants to moved to preassigned tables or groups, the moderator will facilitate this.
In the Round Robin model, participants meet each other sequentially in random pairings.
This maximises the opportunity to find a suitable mentor. co-hosted an American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) salon on mentorship at the National American Institute of Architects Convention (Los Angeles, CA), the idea of Speed Mentoring was born.
A bell was rung at which time the two facing individuals traded business cards, introduced themselves and shared what they were looking for in a mentoring relationship.
At five minutes, the bell was rung again and one row of people moved two seats down. While they were not asked to rank their top choices, the idea was that if this exercise were repeated at a local chapter or in a large office, the interns could rank their mentor preferences.
In the Station-based model, participants meet each other individually based on a pre-assignment.
Prior to coming to the event, participants fill out a questionnaire listing their business background (job title and industry) and whom they wish to meet (suppliers, customers or vendors).