Why Is Online Networking Here To Stay?
Updated: Aug 25
As Singapore is getting less restrictive during Phase 2 as compared to the Circuit Breaker period, more and more business owners and professionals are still accustomed to relying on online solutions for the majority of their networking needs, and it seems like it’s here to stay.
Even if you have an extroverted personality and enjoy growing your professional network through face-to-face interactions, you can still maintain your connections or even cultivate new ones at a safe distance though video conferencing.
Till now, there are still people who are working from home and setting up personal meetings are discouraged by most employers. Some companies have even opted to go online to host networking events in the form of webinars, training sessions and virtual exhibitions to offer businesses who were severely affected by the pandemic a helping hand.
The art of networking has more or less adapted in the past few months since COVID-19, through video conferencing apps like Zoom, Facetime, Google Hangouts and many others, and for the most part, it does have its’ perks. One of it is flexibility, as you no longer have to travel to-and-fro from one business event to the next, you can do it consecutively within the comfort of your own home. Setting up meetings through video conferencing solutions is a breeze and now’s the right time to get into social media.
With social media at its’ peak, allowing people engage with each other more readily, it is natural for them to utilize it to its fullest. With apps like Linkedin, which allows like-minded people to connect with each other for professional networking and even form new business relationships. Hence, its’ extremely important for you to build your professional profile now more than ever.
Keep in mind that your recommendations, qualifications and accolades are comprehensive. Ensure that your profile is up to date with your most recent professional looking profile photo, latest business experiences and a straight forward description of what you’re looking for or what you have to offer.
As difficult as it might seem now, it is still important to connect with businesses globally and seize opportunities whenever it arises. Fortunately, virtual networking provides us with a way to maintain relations with your clients, partners, co-workers, and even make new ones that could continue to show benefits once the pandemic is over.