When speed networking, it’s easy to assume that your fellow networkers know everything about you, and what you do.

Avoid being complacent and using it as an opportunity to take your foot off the gas and relax with a chat.

Instead prepare for speed networking, in the same way that you would a timed presentation. You know in advance that you will have approximately 5 minutes to speak to the other guests about you and your business. Use the 5 minutes to tell the human story behind your business.

For nervous networkers speed networking works because they can share their story with a small captive audience instead of standing with 30 pairs of eyes on them. So listen attentively, make eye contact, volunteer questions and avoid steam rolling the quieter shy people on your table.