The future of networking?
There is a groundswell of opinion that the business community is embracing online communication because it has to. But what happens when we can return to coffee shops for 1-2-1’s, conferences and networking events? My prediction is for years to come and maybe for ever, both forms of networking will become the norm. One major benefit will be the time and cost savings. We used to ‘Work the Room’; at present, we have to ‘Work the Zoom’.
In our new world where we can’t shake hands, ‘Work the Room’ or easily read the other person’s body language how can we ensure all the time we spend, on Zoom and other virtual communication channels, will be of any value?
There is nothing to beat physical networking but when you and I plan our strategy and take regular effective action I believe we can get close to the way we used to be able to network. Included in my talks I share my thoughts on connecting physical & virtual networking.
It’s now nearly a year since we have had to network and present online. I fear we are going to continue the same way for the rest of this year and maybe beyond. At the start we were all prepared to accept “second best” as we thought it was just temporary. But now, the online way of working is here for the longer term, so second best will no longer do. We all need to be “at the top of our game” online as clients and general connections now expect a professional and first-class approach to online networking and presentations.
We were all forgiven In the Spring for making errors and blunders when we thought it was all going to blow over. But now the reality of the situation has now sunk in, our network is going to expect our online communications to be as top class as it was before Covid appeared.
As a result, I now run ‘live’ workshops online, duration from 1 hour to half a day; details here:
The Employment marketplace
Unfortunately there is going to be many positions which are going to be vacated in the foreseeable future.
I cannot guarantee your next role but this course guarantees you will be well-placed close to the front of the queue.