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Networking in the Zoom age.

Posted on 01/04/2020

Like most business networking organisations Fabulous Networking has moved online. But is networking in the Zoom world the same as networking in person? I think there are many similarities and some differences and maybe some opportunities not available at in person events. In this article I’m going to share some thoughts and observations collated from the four online events I have hosted in the past week.

Before joining an event… Check your set up.

  • What can you see in the background? Does it convey the impression you want to create? If not and you can’t change it have a look at using a Zoom background picture or use your pop-up banner to create a professional backdrop.
  • Beware of things growing out of the top of your head! It’s all too easy for something behind you to look like you’re wearing a strange headdress.
  • Set up your camera so that you can look directly into it when you’re speaking and make sure your full face can be seen. It’s not easy having a conversation with the top of a head.
  • Sign in with your name rather than a generic ‘admin’ or ‘info’ to make it easier for people who don’t know you to include you in their conversations.

During a call.

  • Focus and try to maintain concentration whilst other people are speaking by looking at your camera.
  • Tell others who are sharing your space that you are in a meeting and please not to disturb you. Also make sure that your phone is at least on silent or better still, off.
  • Mute yourself when others are speaking to avoid background noise.
  • If you’re joining in from the garden you’re likely to be competing with more background noise so using a headset and microphone might make it easier to be heard.

Opportunities

  • Could you add a new dimension to your 60 second pitch?
  • Are you joining in the event from your workspace? If so does it give you an opportunity to showcase where or how you work and increase your regular connection’s understanding of what you do?
  • Would the ability to share your screen during your pitch allow you to demonstrate your expertise or showcase some of your work?
  • If you can’t fit these ideas into 60 seconds maybe you could use these opportunities in a one to one or small group breakout session.

Glenda Shawley is the M.D. of Fabulous Networking and owner of the Training Pack. A user of Zoom for a number of years she is now hosting online events of all kinds to support members and business leaders in a Covid 19 world.

 

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