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When you work in an office, the idea of networking can be simple. You may spend time at meetings, going to the break room, or even a ride in the elevator and you are able to meet other professionals who will help you to reach some of your goals. You may have to do a little work to go to conferences and more in order to make the connections that grow your network, but you can still get the work done.
Things get a little harder when you work from home. You still need to form some of these important connections, to meet others and work hard, in order to finally get ahead and reach for success. Networking when you are not in the office can be hard, but it may be one of the best ways to grow your business and make sure that you meet new people.
Virtual networking allows this to happen, whether you are in the office or work from anywhere. Through virtual networking, you will be able to take advantage of online platforms, social media, and even online webinars and conferences in order to form connections with others, even when you are not able to meet them in-person. Virtual networking allows the individual who works remotely a chance to network that they may not have had in the past.
There are different ways that you are able to do virtual networking and the one you choose can depend on your personal preferences and what works the best for you. You will need to attend virtual events. You can make some of your own or go to one that is sponsored by another organization. Learn something new and meet others who wanted to work through this as well.
Your current colleagues are good options as well. If you just started to work remotely, you have the advantage of already knowing a lot of your colleagues. Building up those relationships and maintaining those with the current colleagues can make a difference in how well you can network as well. If you leave your current job to start working remotely, then make sure that you stay in touch with some of the former colleagues too. This will help you to still have those connections that you can utilize later if you need.
There are so many benefits that you will be able to enjoy when it comes to virtual networking, but it basically comes down to some of the relationships that you are able to form along the way. This guidebook will take a closer look at virtual networking to help you see how great this can be for you to utilize too. Let’s get started!
Chapter 1: It’s Who You Know
When it comes to virtual networking, you need to focus on the relationships that you want to form. It is all about who you know. There is a lot of give and take that comes within this kind of networking and you may need to focus on some different rules that you will need to follow along the way to make sure that you are able to do things properly online. But it is really about the relationships that you form.
The more people you know in the right places, the easier networking will be. You can call on those connections later on, and they will be able to call on you later on if they need to. With the shift of many workers going from in-person work to remote work, traditional ways of building up a network is going out the window. Because of this, the culture of many companies is changing as well and the individuals and leaders will need to find some of the best ways to communicate and maintain the relationships that they need along the way.
Proper communication is going to be important when it comes to making the right connections. Think about how you can communicate in a thorough and thoughtful manner. Learn how to do active listening, and show that you care. Finding ways in your business endeavors to gather virtually can make it easier for everyone to work on building up some of the networks that they would like along the way.
As you start to work through your new networking ideas, whether you are a remote worker or not, you will need to think about who you already know and how you can utilize some of those different connections along the way. Everyone already has some connections that they are able to utilize, whether they realize it or not. And the connections do not always need to eb the people that you know from work or in your own industry.
Think about the people you went to school with. Have you maintain some of those relationships over the years and can utilize them now to bring in more clients or more customers or to help with a job? Is there a professor who has some good connections that they could introduce you to along the way?
What about one of your friends? They may not be a professional connection, but many of the friends you have maintained through the years may also have some connections that you can utilize as well. Or even colleagues from some of the past jobs. You can even look to different family members and some of the people that they know to see if there are some valuable connections that will serve you well over the years.