7 Ways To Grow Your Professional Network Against COVID-19
Unfortunately, all of the events or conferences also are forced to have been canceled in COVID-19. It's not just large events. Multiple people meetings and unnecessary outings have been also restricted.
How many people say they have met new people since COVID-19 began? Unfortunately, it has become difficult to expand business connections by meeting people in person. The only way to continue networking in such a pandemic is to find another way to keep networking.
On the other hand, there’s not all negative. This doesn’t apply to something that has occurred to you alone. Video conferences and chatting with each other have become the norm, and the advantage of a physical location has disappeared.
For example, it doesn't matter if you're in Silicon Valley or not. Currently possible to access Silicon Valley from any location. That’s a chance! Here are seven tips to expand your network productively online.
Here Are 7 Tips How To Grow Your Network
Join Slack Channel
Slack has been one of the most popular communication tools for business in recent years. It’s not uncommon for companies and teams to adopt it as a way to communicate with each other. The ability to share documents with multiple people and communicate seamlessly is useful for working in teams, but you can also find many openly public Slack communities if you look for them.
The main purpose of an openly public Slack community is to belong, exchange information with people who share the same interests, and use it in your job search. A good community for networking is the former, and the characteristics of a good community include the following.
- Explicit Purpose
- More Active
- Invited Only
- Paid Community
If you were an expert in something, you should look for something specific to it. In general, I would recommend the following remote work-related communities for topics that are easy for anyone to join.
Join Synchronous Community
As remote work has flourished, voice communities have been getting more and more attention. Discord and Clubhouse are similar in UI to Slack but have been developed for e-sports players rather than business people. Because of this, Discord is designed for asynchronous communication rather than synchronous communication.
Voice communication is even more interactive than chat, and it's easier to build a relationship after a few call meetings than weeks of chatting back and forth. It has also been made available to the public.
Clubhouse is considered to be the Twitter of voice and is probably one of the most popular apps of 2020. You can open the app and join conversations that are already open in the app or create new conversation groups. It's still invite-only and participation is limited, but it's a good idea to keep an eye out for it as it's sure to become more open in the future.
Post Remotehour on SNS
There is an easier way to get started with Synchronous networking. The best way to do this is to change your network to Synchronous. The best tool for this is Remotehour.
Remotehour allows you to create a room page where people can talk to you with just one click. This page can be accessed by URL, so you can post it in an email, message, or social network. If you have a website, you can also embed it into your site.
All you have to do is post the Remotehour link to your social network and wait for the call to come in from your network. The room will only be online when you're available and you won't have to worry about calls coming in at other times.
Remotehour is free and easy to get started.
Starting a Lunch Club
Lunch Club is the next generation of LinkedIn; whereas LinkedIn is focused on keeping relationships together, Lunch Club is the platform working to create new relationships; before COVID-19, usage was limited to a limited geographic area But now you can use it no matter where you are.
It's easy to use: first, you create a profile by entering your skills, background, and introduction. After creating your profile, you select a day and time that you are available the following week and request a meeting. After a few days, you'll receive an email invitation that automatically specifies who you want to meet with and what platform you want to use. Once you sign up, all you have to do is meet with them, and that's the simple part.
Currently, anyone can sign up for the service. On the other hand, there are cancellations and the quality of users you meet is not always good anymore. It's basically free, so if you set up a few sessions like this a few times a week, you'll be able to network effortlessly.
Sign up for OnDeck
On Deck is an educational institution that has been developed for people who want to start something. Initially, it was dedicated to startups, but now it also is opened to investors, writers, podcasters, and No Coders, respectively.
The program will run multiple times each year, recruiting members to join a select group of people only, who will work hard to achieve their goals and take steps to start new things. The program was limited to Silicon Valley, but due to COVID-19, applications are now open to the entire world, but there is a limit to the number of people who can be selected, and the quality of the community is high.
Where have all the onsite conferences that were supposed to be held disappeared to? The answer is online. There’s now a number of webinars and online events taking place. Most of them are free.
Basically, the main focus is on listening to the speakers and answering questions. There aren't many events dedicated to networking, but sometimes there is a breakout room after the event to give you a chance to meet new people.
Join Facebook Group
Like Slack, Facebook groups are also disorganized; unlike Slack, there aren’t multiple channels in a single group, and they have by far the largest number of users. It also has a Facebook profile, which makes it a network with a certain amount of collateral.
However, I wouldn't say that it's suitable for building one-on-one relationships, and many groups are more suited to exchanging information and listening to opinions.
In the past, networking was inevitably tied to location. But now that the stage is online, the opportunities are endless. You can now access Silicon Valley or New York City from the comfort of your own home.
Don't miss out on this opportunity. Sign up for Remotehour and post the link to your social network and let's network!