Speed Networking Session Plan
Creating Networking Opportunities: How Meeting Colleagues Can Benefit Your Staff
(5×15 minute sessions – roughly 12 people per session)
Get the group to quickly introduce themselves
First names only / Institution/ Who you Report To / One Thing That Would Improve IC in Your Institution Overnight
Open the session with a 2 – 3 min introduction on the subject
- Getting people to make the connection between their job and the organisation’s messages
- Understanding how their job fits with others
- Knowing the best place to go for help and information
- Knowing what others are doing so that you don’t do things twice
and vertical communication (i.e. not just managers and staff – but also
people doing similar things in different departments)
- Avoiding corporate speak
- Take people away from their everyday environment – neutral territory
- Relationship building – with teams and managers (trust)
- Helping managers understand front-line issues
Contributions From the Group & Open Questions
- What timing suits different types of people?
- What kind of events might work at lunchtimes/ evenings?
- What kind of topics would merit debate in your institution?
- What are the benefits or regular vs irregular events?
- What kind of facilities do you have on campus to support different kinds of events? Rooms/ catering/ AV?
- How might this help deal with lack of communication between split sites?
- What ideas do you have for running events on a small budget?
- Big Bash Scenario – all staff, one afternoon, set budget – what do you do?
- Speed-dating – who might this suit?
- Staff conferences – what are the hot topics to cover?
- How can you encourage accidental networking opportunities?
- What kind of staff social space do you have?
- Are there particular issues for campus and non-campus institutions?
- Apart from events, are their other ways to bond the community?
- What kind of staff clubs do you have?
NB: Help participants find something in common with another participant – help them to make contact after the session.