I think everyone has heard of speed dating, but if you're not familiar with the term or want a little more information Wikipedia provides some very interesting information on it. At the bottom of the article there are even listings of all the times it has been covered on television and the movies. A recent article on the Web from the BostonHerald.com describes how SCORE (which offers free business counseling) has used the speed dating concept in something new, Speed Coaching.
The article tells how small business owners are teamed with a counselor that has been trained to listen to the owner and pick out the main issues. The sessions are short, only lasting about thrity minutes, but it gives the owner an idea of what SCORE has to offer and also some initial steps that can be taken to resolve the problems.
These events have been conducted for three years and the article states that one of the most helpful things may be the networking that the small business owners experience at the events. By the way if you are interested in learning more about SCORE, we've posted several times about it before on Mine Your Own Business most recently in the posting More on Score ealier this year.