Apr 20, 2020
As COVID-19 has hindered our ability to network in-person, virtual networking is more important now than ever.
In-person networking is a great way to meet people you’d like to be connected with. But for now, until the COVID-19 pandemic passes, it’s important that you polish your virtual networking skills and keep making connections. Here are three ways to get started:
Improve Your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is THE place to be for virtual networking, and making great connections starts with having a great LinkedIn profile. Take a look. Does your profile make the services you offer clear? Are you taking advantage of the “About” and “Featured” sections? Is your profile picture up to date? Listen to Episode 114 for more details on how to improve your LinkedIn profile.
Look at Your Existing LinkedIn Connections
When people attend in-person networking events, oftentimes they make many great connections, but they fail to follow up with those connections. Sound familiar? Now is the time to look at your existing LinkedIn connections, rediscover those people you meant to follow up with, and get on the phone with them.
Expand Your Network
While we can’t attend in-person events for now, that doesn’t mean you have to stop expanding your network. You still have the power to find new connections who belong to the same groups as you. For example, if you’re a member of a Chamber of Commerce, find people within that group who might be a good connection. Then, reach out to them on LinkedIn by letting them know you’re part of the same group and that you’d like to connect with them.
It’s more important now than ever that you polish your virtual networking skills. And as you start to use those skills, you might just be amazed at how many interesting people you’ll meet.
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