When directed, mentees will proceed to their mentor's table." Speed mentoring is effective because the mentee experiences several different interactions with prospective mentors in a short period of time.
Each table seats a specific number of participants, depending on attendance. Table assignments are often predetermined by computer software but other techniques can be used to determine the groups each attendee participates in.
Each participant at the table takes a few minutes – the length of these introductions can also be set – to introduce him or herself.
And likewise, the mentor could rank their preferences for a protégé – hopefully resulting in a better mentor match.
The session was a success and was subsequently repeated at two National AIA Conventions (Boston and San Francisco).
if the event calls for participants to moved to preassigned tables or groups, the moderator will facilitate this.