Taking advantage of virtual networking

Many of us have been working from home for several days now and with no face-to-face meetings taking place under the current ‘lockdown’, people are taking advantage of tech-based solutions, including online meeting platforms and video conferencing to keep in touch.

But the tech isn’t just for one-to-one or team meetings, many networking organisations, including ONLE Networking are using platforms, such as Zoom, to host online networking events.  The virtual events work in much the same way as a face-to-face networking event would, often with a key speaker, participants sharing their experiences, followed by the opportunity for one-to-one chats, and everyone has their turn in the spotlight.

Nick Bryant, Client Services Manager at Inspire, gives his advice for those keen to give it a go.

“It’s a great way of building your confidence in talking about yourself and engaging with others. It’s easy to go to an event and keep in a bit of a bubble – at an online event you’re ‘on-show’ in front of the camera for the duration, so it does make you think and plan a bit more.

“Being in a scenario where you have to present who you are and what you do to the group was a good opportunity, often at traditional events you don’t always get to meet everyone in the room, so that was a benefit for me.

“In the current climate, people won’t be meeting new connections or actively expanding professional networks, so it offers a great opportunity to still achieve that whilst working from home.”

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