The Covid-19 pandemic has made traditional face-to-face networking activities on hold. Before, people used to discuss ideas over a cup of coffee, do some social events as networking activities just to build their network. Nowadays, the virtual world is an avenue for people to build their networks. Professionals consider networking to be important in their business, job opportunities, and career growth. Virtual networking is defined as an opportunity to make an initial connection that leads to further meetings, discussions, and actions.
Here are three easy ways to consider how to build your network in a virtual world.
Connect through social media. Have you ever heard someone saying “Yeah, I met that seller on Facebook.”? It sounds ridiculous; but, it may be the networking style of the future. Social media like Instagram is where professionals create their portfolios to showcase their products, arts, and professional services.
I knew someone who use Facebook live to sell old and new clothing products. Now, she has already more than 1000 followers on one of her Facebook groups alone and is earning much.
Use your social media accounts to connect publicly. Make sure your social media demonstrates who you are. Your social media should be transparent about your skills, goals, and your business. Make use of the free networking and advertising of these social accounts like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tiktok, YouTube, and many more.
Join Online Events. As the pandemic continues, in-person networking events are no longer part of the list due to schedule, family, obligations, and especially community restrictions. It is time to say “yes” to online events.
When COVID-19 started, most of the community events were put on hold. Community spaces, cafes, event centers were temporarily closed as restrictions continues. Online webinars are open to those specific individuals for a purpose.
Webinars are used to connect to different kinds of people. It is an online event hosted by an organization/company. The event is being broadcast to a select group of individuals through their computers via the internet. It is commonly called “an online event”, “webcast”, “web seminar”. Webinars have an audio and video component.
Join Facebook Online communities and groups. Join the Facebook group. As they say, there is a Facebook group for everything. There is a Facebook group for engineers, gardeners, car lovers, analysts,s and many more. Facebook essentially for every topic, having every question answered by any member of the group. These groups have hundreds to thousands of members where you can connect to extend your network. If you are looking for remote work gigs, connections, and ideas, then start using Facebook groups on a specific topic today.
Facebook has its list of online communities. Any page updates appear on the status page and there is no need to shift to another web page just to join. It appears on the fan page of Facebook.
Mentioned above are the top three ways to virtually extend your network. You can even connect to the network you already have like family members and relatives, friends, neighbors, church members, and classmates. There are many more ways to connect virtually to build your network. The only thing you need to do is to reach out to these individuals virtually and connect. If you consistently do it, you will not notice that your network is already progressing.