Wear a mask. Stay 6 feet apart. Don’t travel. It makes sense to keep our physical distance, but it doesn’t mean we need to stop Networking.
It’s easy to struggle with small talk or coming up with a compelling reason to reach out. During this pandemic, you can ALWAYS check in with people to see how they – or their business – are faring.
With many people now welcoming video chats, web conferencing is becoming a staple in the business world. Don’t hesitate to use video calls to set up a “coffee date” with your business colleagues and allies.
Use your Social Profiles to reconnect with business colleagues, old acquaintances or send out message to keep people up to date. Share articles, links and refresh your profiles to keep you top-of-mind with your network.
Are there online classes you want to take? Are there people in your industry you want to get to know? Is there a new career you’re interested in? There’s no better time than the present to act. Meet new people with common interests and goals digitally.
Professional societies and associations are one of the most effective networking channels out there. A great many of these groups have brainstormed creative ways to foster interactions among their members during COVID. Be sure to check if any of these associations have launched web-based networking options.