In essence, you leave them wanting to know more from and about one another – aka real deal teambuilding!!
PS Grab your copy of Kris Boesch is the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that transforms company cultures, increases employee happiness and boosts the bottom-line.
Farmers and chefs used a more classic speed dating approach to forge new relationships and make deals.
Admit it--you wish your workshops and conferences were livelier.
(A simple "Google search" will uncover many examples.) The Oregon Farmers' Market Association (OFMA) holds an annual conference to educate market managers about current issues.
A panel of veteran market managers providing tips and suggestions has always been valuable, but it suffers from a format that is too similar to all the other sessions.
The immediate wake-up often includes learning by talking." Speed dating takes these conversations a step further by focusing on a specific topic of interest and by recognizing that individuals fill different roles in many conversations.
The original speed dating was introduced as a way of promoting a safe and quick way of meeting a broad variety of date candidates.
After hours in that role, it is little wonder that participants pour out into breaks, hungry for conversation.
As an antidote, Robert Chambers, in his superb book Participatory Workshops, proposes the "buzz": "So easy. Invite participants to buzz with others next to them--about what has just been covered or done, an issue that has arisen, the agenda.
Prior to Choose People, Boesch was the CEO of Exodus Moving & Storage.
Under her leadership Exodus became the largest mover in Northern Colorado with a turnover rate nearly 40% less than the industry average and a bottom line twice that same average.
I wanted to use a smaller "test" group before trying this with a class of 35 eighth graders, so I tried it with our resource reading classes first.