Networking in the World of COVID-19
Networking is a great way to interact with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts. Prior to the pandemic, there were many opportunities, both informal and formal, to network. Whether it be at a happy hour put together last minute by coworkers or formal networking events based on common interests, all one had to do was show up at the venue.
The COVID-19 pandemic put a wrench into these networking opportunities. There is still a mix of companies doing business completely remote, adopting a hybrid model and those that have fully come back in person. Groups with common interests have members who are hesitant to join in an in-person networking event.
Just recently, we were given the option to attend a networking event either in person or remotely. We chose the in-person event since it was close to our offices, only to be informed the evening before that the event will be held virtually, given we were only one of the few that signed up to be in-person.
So can one effectively network in today’s world? The answer is Yes! At ConnectRship, we have facilitated such networking events or different clients with different goals. Below we highlight some of the occasions that our clients have hired us for to help facilitate their networking events.
An industry marketing group wanted to add some fun and a facilitated networking opportunity for their members after their general meeting. They hired us to do just that. We logged on after their general meeting and facilitated an event that got everyone involved. We ensured that there was maximum networking through the use of randomized breakout rooms.
One of our law firm clients hired us to facilitate a networking event with their counterparts from an accounting firm. Our event was a way for the teams from each firm to get to know one another better on a different level outside of business, and that is exactly what they did. Bonus - no travel.
A law firm with a group within their firm with common interests hired us to facilitate their networking event. With multiple offices throughout the US, and travel restrictions, the firm still wanted to be able to put on a networking event for this group. They hired us to do just that. We were able to customize our script to reflect the topics that were relevant to this group and put on a successful networking event. It was so successful the first time around that they are hiring us to do it again.
A major media company with multiple offices throughout the US hired us a few times for two different purposes -- team building among employees and team building with their clients. Since they were operating 100% remotely, they wanted to provide a fun team building event for their employees. The first time got rave reviews from the participants and with word spreading, we did other events for different office locations doing their own internal team building. They liked our model so much that when it came time to put on a networking event with clients, they hired us to facilitate the ‘meet and greet’ with one of their best clients.
An Ivy League University Alumni Association hired us to help facilitate their annual networking event, which brought alumni from different parts of the state together.
There are many reasons to put on a networking event for your team. Whether it be for internal or external purposes, we will put on a great event for you. Let us know what your goals are and we’ll put on a great show for you.