The problem: Everyone hates networking. But we all want to get & give great advice, exchange ideas, and hack our business problems.
How many times have you gone to conferences or events hoping to connect with your idols, only to find that approaching them is just TOO awkward?
It's equally frustrating for the people you're hoping to meet. Industry icons are people too. They want to help others. But just don’t have the time to mentor everyone individually. That’s why I created Speed Mentoring. To help you get actual face time with some of the industry's best minds.
The Solution: A live event where you can get career advice or hack business problems in record time.
How it works. In each Speed Mentoring session, Mentors and Mentees meet in a fast-paced setting, ask and answer questions & have the option of making a long-term connection. Mentees have a chance to speak openly with industry leaders, get career advice and hack business problems. And leaders are able to speak one-on-one with Mentees about the topics and questions that matter most. It's a great way to give back – and to meet new talent.
Powered by Earned & Social Media & Sponsorship. The first Speed Mentoring event was offered in 2015 at The 3 Percent Conference. We spread the word through Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and mentees clamored for a chance to meet their idols. Mentors showed up to drop their wisdom. And the 4As stepped up to sponsor the event three years in a row.
Outcome: Hundreds of mentees and mentors connected at Speed Mentoring events offered in San Francisco, NYC, London, and Atlanta as well as in Austin at #SXSW. An app that lets them connect in real time via online chat is coming soon.
Check out the video to see Speed Mentoring in action.