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Our postings contrast each other nicely David. This was the first event of its type that Common Purpose has run and in my view (and I accept all the useful comments above) it was a big success.

In the past these annual get togethers have tended to be reunions in which people from each Common Purpose course get together and reminisce.

Common Purpose wants more. It wants action and activity that will actually make a difference, in this case to London. And to stimulate that, I think they will run lots of different types of events in different ways.

Yesterday's venue was not ideal and we learned a lot. It was a good networking event however.

What interests me next is how we can move some of the information captured and the contacts made online so that the benefits become long term and can be spread around more members of the group.

Jonathan - I agree about the value of the approach, and moving online as well as running more face-to-face. How about:
* finding some other techish enthusiasts to discuss how to do the online bit
* recruiting some other enthusiasts who are not necessarily tech but keen to learn and act as a first core for the network
* running a session to plan network development to get buy-in and collective enthusiasm (I even have a game for that:-)
In my experience 'build it and they will come' doesn't work... it needs an engagement process.
I also suggest that the London network is 'owned' by the participants with support from Common Purpose rather than the other way around.
First question - where/how best to continue and broaden these initial discussions?

Jonathan and David, I have read both of your accounts from the event last night and really appreciate your feedback.

Having organised the event I have to say that I was very pleased with how it went overall - given that it was the first event of this type we've done and considering all the nervousness beforehand. There was a great atmosphere in the room and people seemed very engaged in their conversations - it was a great feeling to watch. Also, it seemed to really stimulate and spark off conversations wich were continued over drinks in the end.

From my perspective the event was a full success, however, I do acknowledge that there is room for improvement - thanks for all your suggestions, David. I am more than happy to continue the conversations on how we can create an even better networking event...

There is a very interesting Myers Briggs site at www.keirsey.com

I'm really up for some further discussions about how we use technology to link people to other people to solve small problems. Dating sites for problem solving? ;-)

I think we should find people interested in connecting people more than tech - the tech is turning out to be easier than the ideas.

I agree by the way about "build it" does not guarantee an audience.

Who else would be interested?

Hi All,

I was very interested to read the above articles as it did make me laugh. I organise monthly speed networking events in Newcastle, UK and have done for the last 2 years.

I once tried an event in a smaller venue which was a bit of a nightmare as people did have to shout to heard. The venue I normally use has high ceilings which reduce the amount of background noise for attendees.

On the technical side, I have built a full system for promoting and recording speed networking events. It basically works like this:

Each attendee has a scorecard. At each meeting he/she writes down the number of the person they meet, a score based on how likely they are to do business, and any additional comments. This is then fed into the database and emailed out in the form of a prioritised to-do list the following day.

It is an online database, so attendees can view who they have met by logging onto the website.

I've also built a CRM for people to promote the events through (from any location as it's all online). I am in the process of finishing off an online system for organisers to facilitate the events. This will standardise all of the difficult elements of running an event.

Finally, the database produces the table plan for future events based on who has already met each other at past events - this means people are sat opposite people they have not met providing long term value for the networker.

If anyone reading this is interested in running an event, please send me an email to antony@contact25.com.

Great Article!

Antony Vila

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