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Speed Networking with San Diego Professionals

IABC San Diego

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

Speed Networking with San Diego Professionals

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
IABC San Diego Member
Must provide proof of membership at check in.
Ended $20.00 $0.00
IABC San Diego Non-Member Ended $35.00 $2.92
San Diego Press Club Member
Must provide proof of membership at check in.
Ended $20.00 $0.00
San Diego Press Club Non-Member Ended $35.00 $2.92
SD Coastal Rotary Member
Must provide proof of membership at check in.
Ended $20.00 $0.00
SD Coastal Rotary Non-Member Ended $35.00 $2.92
SDSU 20/30s Alumni Member
Must provide proof of membership at check in.
Ended $20.00 $0.00
SDSU 20/30s Alumni Non-Member Ended $35.00 $2.92
Guest Ended $35.00 $2.92
Must show a valid school ID.
Ended $10.00 $0.00

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Event Details

Do you want to meet members of the media, local professionals, and nonprofit employees from some of San Diego's biggest-name companies, like Qualcomm, Scripps, and the San Diego County Airport Authority?

Come mix it up with members of some of San Diego's most exciting professional organizations -- IABC/San Diego, the San Diego Press Club,  SDSU 20/30s Alumni and San Diego Coastal Rotary -- in a fun-filled speed networking event. The event will take place in Junior Achievement's Biz Town San Diego -- a 10,000 square foot mini-city.  Junior Achievement's BizTown San DiegoWhether you are looking to expand your network, pitch a story, gain new employment, or simply have a good time, you are guaranteed to leave this must-see venue with least 10 new business contacts. 


5:30 p.m. - check in, drinks and appetizers

5:45 p.m. - introductions and event overview

6:00 p.m. - speed networking (switch conversations every five minutes)

6:25 p.m. - break, first raffle prize selection

6:35 p.m. - speed networking (switch conversations every five minutes)

7:05 p.m. - mingle, final raffle prize selection, drinks and appetizers

7:30 p.m. - event ends

Your admission includes appetizers, one drink ticket, and one raffle ticket. Cash bar available. 

Share the event with your network on Twitter using #SDSpeedNetworking. 

 Please note that we cannot offer refunds for no-shows or cancellations. 

A big thanks to our sponsors Effins Pub and Grill and Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties




What is Speed Networking?  

You’ve probably heard the term speed networking and assumed that it’s similar to speed dating.

Well, it is. And it isn’t.

First, the similarities: Like speed dating, speed networking follows the round-robin approach to connecting with others. In both cases, people gather in a large meeting area (maybe a restaurant, conference hall or catering facility) and have an opportunity for brief, informative exchanges, meeting with a dozen or more individuals during the course of a single event.

Now, the differences (and they are dramatic!): The goal of speed dating is to connect with just one, perfectly suited individual. Participants quickly whittle down the group of potential suitors with the intent of honing in on the one, mutually-attracted match.

Speed networking, on the other hand, is all about improving the quality and quantity of your connections. The object is to meet and connect with as many, varied speed networkers as possible. Unlike speed dating, attendees are not there to eliminate new contacts, they are there to cast a wide net and develop relationships with a variety of people. This formula works so well for a number of reasons.

The event’s structure provides a brief platform for each person to speak and then there is a clean break-away point that requires you to move on to the next match-up. Proven to be more effective than traditional networking methods, speed networkers can develop more contacts in one event than most business people do in five months. It’s a uniquely structured, targeted, low pressure form of networking.  The entire process is facilitated for ease and efficiency.

The organized time structure of speed networking also allows participants to sharpen networking skills, and practice and perfect their “elevator pitch.” Ultimately, speed networking makes it possible for participants to soak up information and ideas to help find new jobs, build sales, boost word-of-mouth and enhance lives.

Speed networking is also FUN! The atmosphere at these events is not tense or stuffy, but exciting and adrenaline-fueled. The enthusiasm at at a typical speed networking function becomes contagious and even the most reserved or uncomfortable networkers are buoyed but the tone, informality and shared goal of all attendees. That is, to meet — and help — each other!

General speed networking events attract a variety of professionals from many different industries and disciplines.

Have questions about Speed Networking with San Diego Professionals? Contact IABC San Diego

When & Where

Junior Achievement Biz Town San Diego
4756 Mission Gorge Pl
San Diego, CA 92120

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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IABC San Diego

As an international organization founded in 1970, the IABC provides a professional network of almost 16,000 business communication professionals in more than 70 countries. Here in San Diego, our chapter has grown significantly over the past few years and now has more than 100 members. Visit us at

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