Jim Voss of Boyd, left, talks with Matt Jentile of Fastenal in Chippewa Falls at the Speed Networking event at CVTC March 31.
As a non-traditional student in Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Business Management program, Jim Voss of Boyd had something of an advantage going into the Speed Networking event held as part of a planning and decision making class. He’s been at ease talking to people for years.
“I just never thought of it as ‘networking,’ ” Voss said. But he’s long understood the value of making business connections through personal connections. It’s something business people do constantly in social settings, but for some, especially young people, it can be difficult.
“You don’t have people waiting to talk to you,” Voss said about those social situations. “You have to go up and meet people.”
Getting some practice doing that was what the Speed Networking event March 31 at CVTC was all about.
The event involved 40 business people, matching the number of students in the class. Students are told to dress for a business setting but are not allowed to bring a resume. Although skills developed may help in job interviews, it is not an interview practice session, but something more informal.