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Bored by elevator pitches? Try new type of networking

From the left, Justin Willett, Jon Harvey and Paul Evans.
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From the left, Justin Willett, Jon Harvey and Paul Evans. 140304M-C296 PNL-140403-144125001

Three local businessmen have formed a new type of group for businesspeople to get together.

Paul Evans, of Winslow-based Intuitive Management, said: “I have been to many networking events and I am just a little bored by the usual mix of speakers, a breakfast, the elevator pitches and the random milling around.”

Jon Harvey, of Buckingham-based Jon Harvey Associates said: “We decided to create a style of event that would mean people leaving with brains bulging with business improvement ideas, rather than just pockets stuffed full of business cards.”

The new events are called SpeakEasy Moots.

The idea is that businesspeople can choose who they talk to and about what and have conversations that go beyond polite introductions.

Mr Harvey said: “We wanted a meeting where the people there get to propose discussions, rather than have them imposed upon them by a pre-set agenda.”

Mr Evans said: “Everyone can choose which discussions to join – and leave.”

Justin Willett of Little Horwood-based The Business Marketing Company, said: “Each person is responsible for shaping what they put into and take from the SpeakEasy Moot. Just like in business”.

The first SpeakEasy Moot will take place at Buckingham Community Centre from 9.45am to 4pm on Thursday, April 10.

The day, which costs £25 per person, will address the question: “What actions can we take to ensure steady and lasting improvement in our businesses, in these (still very) challenging times?”

If you would like to join the group and shape the agenda for the day, sign up at tinyurl.com/SpeakEasyBkm

 

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