Next up, we’re going to explore different types of matching techniques. This is how you will pair your participants. Whether you have 50 or 5,000, there is a combination perfect for you:
Primary Matching Techniques
Below we explore each matching technique and suggestions on how you may wish to use them.
👋 Self Matching:
Empower your participants to find their own match from your pool of participants. Community-driven programs operate from the bottom-up as participants drive the engagement of the program. Participants filter and browse profiles to search for their own matches.
Of course, Program Coordinators can put limits on the number of matches per person and individuals can make themselves unavailable if they’ve reached their own capacity.
✏️ Manual Matching:
Manual programs give you, the program coordinator, full control over the matching experience.
Some Program Coordinators have an intimate knowledge of the people involved in their program. Whether it be highly curated, a program for ‘high potentials’ or a smaller targeted program.
If you have high profile participants in your program (sometimes known as ‘celebrity mentors’) this might be a secondary matching technique to use for Self Matching a cohort. That is, manually pairing these mentors off first before the rest of the participants have an opportunity to find a match that they prefer.
💡 Smart Matching:
Smart Matched programs offer program coordinators the ability to scale their efforts in discovering the best matches for all. With a satisfaction rating of over +92%, you can confidently ensure matching success.
Secondary Matching Techniques
Once you have selected your primary matching type, you can select secondary techniques to effectively ‘layer’ and bring dimension to your program.
You may wish to layer the above three;
In addition to:
🤝 Group Matching:
Group Matching (ie. more than two participants) can be a good solution to having an uneven ratio of mentors to mentees. This matching is often used as a secondary matching type to still allow one-to-one loops to exist with the group’s mentor.
A great way to use group matching is to pair everyone up into their 1-1 relationship, then create sub-communities of group loops to encourage focussed group discussion.
👉 Recommended Matching:
Recommended matches put the power in the hands of your people. Individuals receive a number of mentoring partners that the algorithm suggests as their best matches. They can browse through these profiles and connect with those who are available or of interest. Hot tip: This is a great way to incorporate the algorithm into a ‘Manual Match’ program and have the best of both worlds.