You already know you can join online groups and use video conferencing for networking. Now, explore a few other strategies to grow your network both during the health crisis and well into the future.
This caring support also provides new possibilities for extending the network.
They reach new people by supporting them through voluntary groups, volunteer programs or joining in to support struggling businesses. Those connections in effect bind you to opportunities for learning, business, and growth.
Don’t forget to add the organizations and individuals you work with during these experiences to your contact list. Also, share these philanthropic experiences on your social media so your existing network can see the positive results.
2. Online Courses, Webinars, and Podcasts
While you can register and participate in other organizations’ online events, an even stronger choice is to create your own. Doing so lets you put yourself in front of more of your industry peers whom you might have otherwise never met.
For example, you can develop an online course on a thought leadership topic and then share it on a site like Udemy. Because your course can be watched any time, you’ll have a continuous stream of people to add to your network once they complete the course.
The same applies to a webinar, online panel discussion or podcast which you might have considered creating but never found the time. Obviously now is the time to pursue this idea and expand the reach.
3. Personalized Messages
Don’t miss out on the chance to establish partnerships with the current network. A marginally more serious conversation could well lead to new business or extend the network scope.
Be patient and spend more time when communicating. Try to personalize each email. You don’t want your network contact to feel like they are receiving a generic message.