About seven years ago, Donna Schilder was at a local Chamber of Commerce event where the speaker didn’t show up.
In a pinch, the chamber organized the audience into something the Long Beach life and business coach had never done before – a speed networking session.
Under the gun, Schilder and other business people pitched their products or services, then moved to the next person when time ran out.
“That was one of the best networking events I ever went to,” Schilder said. “I still utilize the services of people I met there and get referrals from people that I met there, and that made my business swell very quickly.”