"Networking is Working." ~ Denise Morrison.
Some of you will know that one of my “claims to fame” is that I am a bit of a networking guru. For many, networking has been a challenge over the past two years with the inability to connect face to face. Others have adapted quite well to virtual networking. Organizations such as Chambers, Boards of Trade, OMHRA (Ontario Municipal Human Resource Association), and others have done a great job keeping members connected.
When networking virtually it is important to keep your camera on, and for you to see who is in the “room” so that you can connect with them afterward. Participate fully in the breakout sessions. Show genuine interest in others, as you would if face to face. And of course, be aware of your body language, particularly your facial expressions!
While face-to-face networking is returning - Check out OMHRA’s Spring Conference - virtual networking, like virtual learning is here to stay. In addition to attending virtual events, you can network via social media. LinkedIn continues to be an effective way to “meet” others. Keep in mind; networking is about connections, finding things you have in common with others, seeking out ways to help. Networking is about establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships. It is not one-sided.
Another tool for virtual networking is website communities. Last month I mentioned we launched our new site with Thinkific. We now have the ability to create communities – communities of like-minded people who will connect, share and support one another. To start, we will have Future Ready Leadership Graduate Communities and encourage graduates of our programs to stay connected to those in their cohort and to meet others from different cohorts. We truly believe that by providing this tool, we will be contributing to continued leadership growth. We will continue with our vision of building Future Ready Leaders.
On a special note, take the time to celebrate an influential woman in your life on International Women's Day. Join the conversation - #InternationalWomensDay #IWD22 #BreakTheBias