Guest post: Speed Mentoring. The fast and furious way to network!

The following post is a a guest post by Joanna Hare. Joanna is a  a coordinator of Hong Kong Libraries Connect (HKLC). More information, including links to HKLC blog and project, is included at the bottom of the post. 


Greetings from Hong Kong! Today I’d like to share with you a networking activity we hosted last year as a way to launch our inaugural mentoring program: Speed Mentoring!

Speed mentoring
Speed mentoring event (www.hklibconnect.org)

In early 2017 we launched a pilot mentoring program as a means to nurture LIS students, and provide an opportunity for students and professionals to gather and talk about the profession in Hong Kong in an informal, low-pressure atmosphere. We wanted to host a special event to officially launch the program. To give the whole group a chance to talk to a broad range of people, as well as identify potential partnerships, we decided to coordinate a speed mentoring session.

(For anyone unfamiliar with the term, it is based on ‘Speed Dating’, where a large group of participants gather to have ‘speed dates’. Each date is usually under 10 minutes, meaning participants are able to meet lots of different potential partners and decide if they might like to meet that person again for a more formal date.) Continue reading

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