Speed dating instructions
A speed mentoring approach was successful in sharing knowledge among farmers' market managers with different levels of experience.
Often the most animated interactions and the most valuable learning take place during breaks, meals, and receptions.
A show of hands revealed that all felt that they had made useful business contacts.
No complaints were heard about being sleepy from the spectacular lunch.
Using the 8th grade dance model, the chefs line up against the wall, and the farmers went over and chose an initial "date." If it had been a smaller group (there were more than 80 participants), the chefs would have given a brief introduction so that farmers would have been better able to target their speed dates.
In introducing the speed dating session, we deliberately downplayed getting to actual deals and instead discussed these desired objectives/outcomes: As it turns out, the objectives were needlessly conservative.