Speed Networking at Design Essentials in Saffron Walden: Get down with that whistle to get some new business connections


We are really pleased to be hosting with Helen from Kiddycharts, the next Design Essentials speed networking event at Goddards Interiors in Saffron Walden at 7.45pm on Thursday 26th April.

The evening should be full of fun, wine, and frivolity so come along for a spot of business networking with the local Essex and Cambridge crowd.

The format of the evening is simple:

Find someone you have never met before we start

  • Wait for the whistle and then go
  • Talk for 1 minute on yourself, passing over your business card (don’t forget them)
  • Wait for the whistle again, and when it comes…
  • Swop over; letting the other person talk to you about their business, their guinea pig or whatever else takes their fancy, as well as passing you their business card
  • Wait for the whistle again, and move to the next person you want to find out about
  • Repeat until you collapse…well actually until its the comfort break…

We’ll have six rounds of these one minute exchanges, and then have a little break, so all can re-fill glasses, and refresh confidence.


Media Source: Kiddycharts

Liz Weston on the Design Essentials Speed Networking evening…

Liz was kind enough to blog about the Speed Networking event we are holding tomorrow night:

Hello everyone.

This is a quick post as I’m 20 minutes away from my first client catch up of the evening and need to kiss our tiddlers good night before then as well!

Tomorrow night will be the first Design Essentials Speed Networking evening. We’ve been asked quite a few questions, so here’s the Q & A for everyone.

How does it work?
I have been asked by Wendy Howell, Founder of Design Essentials to come and co host a speed networking evening. I’ll come with my whistle and if I can find one, a gong.
  • Everyone will pair up with someone they don’t know, or want to get to know better.
  • I then blow the whistle and you tell them all about yourself for one minute.
  • I blow the whistle again and you stop talking, whilst the other person talks.
  • I blow the whistle again and shout “find someone new” (or something witty if I can think of it) and you find a different person to talk to.
  • It sounds terrifying I know, but it is so much fun and you find out all sorts of things that you wouldn’t do normally in a networking situation. By the end of it, people are laughing at themselves and each other, so please come with an open mind and be prepared for laughter. And the point of it is, that there’s very little time for change over, so make sure you’ve got a drink in hand to be able to keep going. We don’t take ourselves seriously and it’s not a “pitch” in any sense of the word. It’s making relationships and laughing at ourselves whilst getting to know other people.

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