Tips for Networking in a New Era
Networking is more important than ever before in driving career growth and nurturing business connections. Stay relevant and continue growing your network with best practices for networking in a virtual era.
The ways we engage in networking for business have changed dramatically in the past year. With many industry events and conferences shifting to virtual platforms, the logistics of meeting new people or even bumping into existing contacts at these events has become more challenging. Workplace dynamics also changed with an increase in remote working and fewer opportunities for water cooler chats, coffee breaks and casual interactions at work.
Relationship-Building Is Key
The changing dynamics and fewer face-to-face opportunities for networking have fueled the fire for virtual networking. Whether you’re cultivating professional relationships, engaging with potential clients and partners, advancing your career or building your business, networking is the key to your success. Try these tips for a fresh approach to networking:
Build your digital presence. Build your digital presence on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. Make sure you have a headshot photo included on your accounts and update details about your skills and interests in line with your professional goals.
Join online groups. Join groups on LinkedIn and other social media channels dedicated to your professional interests and areas of expertise. Doing so can help you form new connections and share ideas with like-minded individuals.
Expand your pool of connections. Having a circle of close connections is valuable, but you should also work on casting a wider net and connecting with more people outside of your inner circle. Attend online networking events to meet new people in your industry and related fields.
Host virtual events. Holding meaningful virtual events can help your business reach a larger audience. Focus your energy on creating a smooth digital experience and try these tips for hosting effective virtual events.
Fine tune your e-charisma. Making a good impression on video calls requires more than a trendy Zoom background. It’s important to navigate conversations in a way that works well with videoconferencing. For example, allow longer pauses to give others a chance to speak instead of filling awkward silences. Looking at your camera can help convey that you’re listening and engaged.
Troubleshoot technical difficulties. Invest in the equipment and internet service you need to support a quality experience with videoconferencing. Audio lags and other glitches make it difficult to engage in conversations with people.
Reach out in new ways. Sometimes the best way to make a memorable connection is through doing something different or unexpected. Make an impression by sending a handwritten note instead of an email. Help a colleague by making introductions to your connections who might be able to help them.
Keep in touch with your contacts. A simple check-in can help you stay top of mind with your connections. Making an effort to attend and invite others to virtual coffee breaks and happy hours can help you keep in touch.
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Forming and maintaining virtual relationships is essential for success in business. At Amegy Bank, we’re here to support you at every stage of your business and career. Learn more about the benefits of relationship banking for your business and personal finances.