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Speed Dating Can Work for Businesses, Too!

There’s something oddly human about sitting across the table from someone. Maybe it’s the line between their brow, and their hunched shoulders that scream a lack of confidence or the attention to detail they spend on their ensemble, their tone and their enthusiasm. In just 7 seconds, you make a first impression, now, in business and love life, I’d say this means you better act quickly and accordingly!

Let’s speak hypothetically here. You’re on date number one following several days of flirty chit-chat over the phone. Fast forward – you’re now sitting across from a spicy, little number – sipping vintage cab and ordering an impressive meal. Half way through the conversation, red flags are flying left and right and you decide to skip dessert and miss the movie – never returning a call or text. A one-date wonder. 

The same goes for business relationships.

Appointment-based events challenge a traditional trade show in the sense that we are the speed-dating of business networking. At our events, you have meaningful meetings with potential clients or providers, and can decide if you are compatible. Where a trade show is an open networking event for shaking hands and making numerous connections quickly, we focus on establishing revenue-generating business relationships based on more than just a five-second "hi" and "bye."

Whether you’re communicating via e-mail, telephone conversations or even a brief hand shake at a trade show – you will not be able to evaluate the value and philosophy of a potential partner without engaging with them during a meeting.  

An appointment-based networking strategy allows you to gauge a company’s values and philosophy quickly and honestly. By meeting face-to-face, across the table from a highly respected representative of a company (only qualified attendees are invited), you are able to judge company-to-company compatibility.

Moving Quickly: The Second Date

You may decide you are in tune with one of the representatives you meet at an appointment-based event, which means you can move forward and re-connect with them during an additional networking activity over the two-days. Perhaps, you’ll choose to discuss a future business relationship during one of the many cocktail receptions, or over the Gala dinner. There are plenty of opportunities to strengthen your connections at the event during casual networking hours.

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Forum Events hosts appointment-based events across ten industries in the United States. Our events connect attendees with solution providers based on their own personal needs and upcoming projects. The events attract a niche-market audience and draw a select pool of qualified buyers – all of whom share their company profiles with us. We then introduce these buyers to leading solution providers to make numerous quality connections in just two days. 'Above and beyond,' that’s our philosophy, so we host events at award-winning venues with upgrade after upgrade, suitable for our executive-level attendees.




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