At Oregon State University we have begun using variations on the "speed dating" model (just another name for structured networking) in a wide variety of settings. Sessions in conferences and workshops, whether keynote addresses, panels, or town hall meetings, share a common characteristic: one person at a time speaks, and everyone else is expected to listen.
After hours in that role, it is little wonder that participants pour out into breaks, hungry for conversation.
Admit it--you wish your workshops and conferences were livelier.
Often the most animated interactions and the most valuable learning take place during breaks, meals, and receptions.
Dutch culture is different to others I am used to; everyone has been very nice and polite to me, and nobody speaks English to me, but after a brief first conversation they tend to disappear, and there is little hope of seeing them again due to their always packed schedules. Luckily I am finally getting through to some people and starting to socialise properly, hanging out for hours or even almost an entire day, speaking just in Dutch.
But for the most part, when I meet people I tend to have a similar first introduction conversation over and over again.
I had only ever seen it on some American TV shows, and not really thought much about it.
While there are major advantages of my German and my English giving me a head start thanks to many linguistic similarities, I have had a major set-back in this mission that has been slowing me down tremendously; simply finding opportunities to converse!We couldn't be happier or more in love and we have you to thank for it. I can never thank you enough for bringing us together.Tell others they can learn from us-you might get lucky your first time out like Rob but it could also take a few tries like for me "Well, a little update for you on the testimonial! I attended my first speed dating night in May 29th in Melville.This is a terrible way to make progress to be able to discuss many different topics required to be fluent in a language.While I continue to meet people that I Speed dating is a relatively new concept, apparently started by Jewish communities in the late 90s to help shy people pair-off.