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While this set-up may decrease attendees’ chances of meeting one another, it affords attendees the opportunity to discuss matters in private and encourages the formation of individual relationships.
There are different formats for speed networking at conferences.
For a total of 10 attendees, a 30-minute round would be the maximum. Interaction with a fairly large number of people is possible in one setting, so I recommend this format for larger conferences.
This style of speed networking is best-conducted mid-way through, or towards the end, of the day.
If you’re deciding on a room set, classroom style with rows of chairs facing each other works great.
Allow for enough space to either side of the chairs, so a conversation can be held despite the loud noise level expected.