CECJ Legal Speed Networking is a unique format of the events for the lawyers from all over the world which is focused on establishing business connections and discovering the opportunities for mutually beneficial future cooperation.
It was introduced by CECJ during the preparation work for the networking events in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg in June 2016. We expected to have some guests from the few European countries. However, we received the applications from the lawyers from (!)25 countries all over the world in Asia, Europe, North and South America. Each foreign applicant willing to come to Russia wanted to get acquainted with each and every Russian lawyer in person and discuss various opportunities for mutually beneficial business cooperation. We faced a rather difficult task back then. How to make the event interesting and useful for over 100 Russian lawyers and 70 foreign lawyers coming from 25 different countries and regions speaking different (sometimes, only native) languages? What should we do to make all the participants feel more comfortable and help them speak to each other directly?
A standard approach to make a business event happen (gather together in one big hall, open talks and business card exchanges) in such case wasn’t satisfying at all for several reasons:
We clearly knew all that and found it inadmissible in our event project.
We have reviewed many options. Rather often we thought that we made a perfect picture, however, a certain element was still missing. We were changing this and that for many times, starting everything from scratch, over and over again, being very near to the perfect solution and… bumped again into a shortcoming. The forced compromise wasn’t something that we were ready to accept. We continued to dig it in order to find our own Perfect Solution. It was somewhere in the ground and we just needed more time and extra efforts to find it. And then a modern concept of speed dating (so popular in USA) came to our mind. We decided to apply some parts of that concept to our business events management.
It is extremely difficult to arrange such an international event. You need to find a proper venue and an equipment. You need to find highly qualified interpreters. You need to find the supervisors to keep the track of time. You need to collect and consolidate all the information about the participants, make it intelligible. You need to select only those foreign lawyers who are truly interested in business cooperation and can fully share their professional experience (not just any lawyers in the country where the event takes place). You need to react immediately and look for the solution in case the actual number of the participants doesn’t correspond to the officially registered number. You need to reconfigure the whole scheme of the seats and all the round tables in seconds in order to keep the rotation system working smoothly and avoid any unnecessary waste of valuable time of the participants. This is truly a challenge. However, the result that we achieve at the end of the day and the feedback and the words of thanks that we receive from the participants motivate us to proudly go through all these obstacles!
We manage to solve an uneasy puzzle: involve each and every participant in an active and interesting networking process during our events and make them feel more comfortable and their time useful.
The reaction of the participants and their emotions are well seen on our photos as well as in our video footage demonstrating open discussions and sincere interest. The feedback that we receive from the participants is full of words of thanks for such a useful and convenient format for business networking.
CECJ Legal Speed Networking has an international dimension. It makes our events unique and unlike any other legal events in the world. You are welcome to take part in our events uncovering new professional opportunities for growth!