Mechanics for speed dating

Even your shyest or most uncomfortable participant can manage to talk with another person for two minutes.

If nothing else they can exchange contact information and tell their partner what they do for a living and what they enjoy.

It gives people who are speed meeting a bit of privacy.

They then have two minutes to learn about their team building partner.

In a hotel conference room, you may have had the opportunity to set up pairs of chairs away from the training tables.

At the end of the two minutes, the people move to their next partner.

You can also use this concept as an effective speed meeting icebreaker. Attendees meet a large number of people in a short period of time, The goal, of course, in speed dating, is to find one or more people with whom you'd like to spend more time on an actual date.

Write your suggested topics on a note card, a whiteboard or project them on a wall.

You don’t want participants spending their two minutes trying to remember what you suggested they discuss or trying to look at a laptop screen or smartphone screen to remember.

The one question to shy away from asking is what they hope to attain from attending the session.

When participants know each other these responses are best heard by all participants including the facilitator.

Presumably, other attendees share similar goals and expectations when they decide to participate in speed dating activities.

This speed meeting icebreaker provides a similar experience for participants at a training meeting or a team building session.

It's an opportunity for people to quickly meet a large number of people to date potentially.