Speed networking – scary right?
Yes I agree.
But it’s certainly good training for thinking on your feet, having fun, and speaking fast! And if by doing it over and over in one evening, you find the balance of not coming across overly humble, or overly salesy, then it’s worth the experience. It’s time efficient, you can make lots of new contacts fast, and who knows – it could be the start of something beautiful!
I recently competed in the Key Person of Influence Pitchfest event, and spoke in front of an audience of around 100 people including high profile judges.
I have to say I was very nervous and this was one of my biggest life challenges. It was different from the normal public speaking and presenting I do all the time!
There were 5 judges (Daniel Priestley, Maria Kennedy, Sir Tom Shebbeare, Mike Harris, and Steve Henry) – and you can see the comments from them in this video which makes it even more interesting!.
Big thanks to Justine Priestley from Really Bright Media for her extremely speedy and efficient work on putting together this video. I am very impressed!