BEST PRACTICES OF ONLINE NETWORKING
Online networking is the new way to meet and connect with professionals around the world. The beauty of this process is that there are no geographical boundaries and one can network with another from almost any part of the world. This expands our horizons for networking and can lead to more advantageous collaborations in the future.
But the question is – what are the best ways to network online and how does one initiate the process?
To answer your questions, we have curated some tips that follow the best practices of online networking.
1. Look for
Networking opportunities online:
One of the best ways to find connections or networking opportunities online is through common interest groups on various social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook Instagram and Twitter. Reconnecting with your friends and alumni from your college or university is a great way to start.
Our Networking for Success Online Events are a great way to connect with professionals from Calgary’s business community!
2. Work on your
Your LinkedIn profile is your digital business card. Having a well-descriptive profile that summarizes your professional life is key to connecting with many professionals around the world. Ensure that you do not miss out any key detail. Also, an executive profile photo would help people put a face to your name.
An elevator speech is your opening line at any networking event. It needs to be short, precise and impactful. The speech should be about who you are, your professional background and a unique quality that will make you stand out in the crowd.
4. Connect with
people who matter:
Simply having too many contacts in your radar may not work well if you are not connected with the right people. It is important that you try to connect with people who can help you or whom you can help, so listen and learn about the individual’s background. Remember, networking is a two-way street - it works wonders when it’s mutually beneficial.
5. Follow up and
stay in touch:
Staying connected with the people in your radar can help them remember you on the top their minds. You can stay in touch over virtual coffee discussing common interests and hobbies. Simple things such as engaging with their posts on social media also helps.
GOOD ETIQUETTES OF VIRTUAL MEETINGS
Virtual coffees can be a great way to interact with a prospective employer, colleague, or a social contact who can help you achieve your professional goals. You are probably wondering how you can make virtual coffees / meetings work for you. Well, here are some great tips to follow.
1. Dress up
Yes, dress up for the online meeting like you would to an in-person one. This boosts your confidence and leaves a positive impression. People always appreciate the effort and will remember you for the way you present yourself.
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2. Be on time
Log in to the meeting on-time or at least 5-10 minutes before the decided time. This helps to ensure that the microphone and camera are working well.
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3. Sit in a well-lit, clean area
Lighting is key in online meetings. Good lighting not only helps identify your facial features but also aids in better body language recognition. It is recommended that the source of light is always placed either in front of you or on either side.
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4. Camera etiquettes
We always say- “Out of sight is out of mind”. This holds good especially now that we are all living in the virtual world. It is imperative for one to turn on their camera during these virtual meetings. It aids in better recognition in the future and increases the trust factor.