How important is networking in today’s virtual world? You may have heard the saying by now, “it’s all about who you know!” This saying still rings true even during the pandemic we are living through. Whether you’re trying to get ahead in your career or land your dream job, networking is one of the significant skillsets towards business success everyone should learn. Keep reading to learn a few ways to help you engage in building your network.
6-Steps To Help You Get There
- Take a look at your online identity. In the world we live in today, everyone has an online personal brand, whether they like it or not. Look into what you’re posting daily and decide if you’re showcasing the same identity you associate with yourself or want to be associated with.
- Audit your network. Go through your social media followers and connections and ask yourself, “is my network good enough for where I want to be in three years?” If you answered no, start by rekindling 1-2 relationships a month with the current connections you have. This will open opportunities to expand your network down the road.
- Make the conversation personal. The current pandemic we are living through doesn’t have to be the elephant in the room. Show understanding by asking how they’re coping, what challenges they are facing, and how COVID-19 is affecting them overall. You might be surprised at how a little empathy can go a long way.
- Get out of your comfort zone with virtual meetings! This can hit two birds with one stone. By connecting over video chat, you’re improving your networking skills and your public speaking skills. Take advantage of looking directly into the camera when you’re talking to help shake any nervousness you may be holding onto. Also, people are a lot more forgiving over technology, and it is a friendly reminder that we are all human.
- Ask for help. There’s no better feeling than helping someone else. As humans, we thrive on good conversation and assisting others in succeeding. This can be a perfect reason to jump on a video conference call with someone you want to connect with on a deeper level. Have prepared questions, you would like to be more educated to keep the conversation flowing. When you take notes, it shows you’re actively interested in what they’re saying.
- Always stay consistent. Only by making networking a habit will you start seeing results. Post consistently on all forms of social media, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It might seem time-consuming, but it can bring opportunities. It’s essential to surround yourself with the right people.
Just because the world is transitioning to a more virtual way of life doesn’t mean networking will become obsolete. How it operates has just pivoted. When you show genuine interest in others, it will always be appreciated. After we power through this pandemic, these virtual networking skills will pay off outside of your laptop.