Networking events are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people, grow your network and hand out business cards.
As you know, in-person networking events and conferences have been put on hold for almost nine months now.
Just because we can’t actually get together with people face-to-face does not mean networking is off the table.
We just have to go about it in a slightly different way.
Keep on reading to learn how you can safely network during COVID-19.
Log Into Zoom Events Early:
Several speakers have been organizing virtual events via Zoom during the pandemic.
However, having solid one on one conversations via Zoom events isn’t always an option.
That is if you join the event on time…
A great way to sneak in some one on one time with the speaker is by attending the event 5 – 10 minutes early.
Chances are, the speaker will already be logged in to ensure everything is set up correctly.
You can take that opportunity to introduce yourself and even ask them a question if they have time.
Forming solid relationships takes time, energy and effort.
The simple act of following up only takes a few minutes but delivers results!
Keep in mind, your follow up techniques don’t have to be fancy.
A couple of days after the first meeting, you can send them a short and sweet email thanking them for their time and advice.
And about 2 – 4 weeks later, you can email them again to touch-base.
Be Active On Social Media:
Posting on social media is amazing, but it’s not always enough to form solid relationships with like-minded people.
Networking online does take some time and energy, but it will be well worth it in the long run.
Taking even 10 minutes out of your day to like and comment on popular content can help get your name out there.
Don’t be afraid to start conversations with people who don’t know. Every friendship and business relationship has to start somewhere!