Virtual networking events have become the norm for making connections and relationships amidst this pandemic. We, along with Alaant Workforce Solutions, host our own biweekly virtual event called #518businessconnect. Here are some tips on how to have a successful virtual networking event.
Plan for the event.
Invite the right number of people. We cap our virtual networking event at 75 individuals; that way, our guests are always meeting new individuals and placed in different breakrooms, so they always have the opportunity to get to know and meet new people every time they join our event. To ensure that participants have enough time to chat, make sure that there is a time limit set up for everyone to talk. Have moderators in every breakout room; they can monitor time and make sure each and every one of our guests has time to speak about the topic picked out for that specific meeting. Leave about five minutes at the end of each session to have our guests tell their “asks”. The “ask” gives our guests an opportunity to promote themselves or their business to help further their careers. Our event used to last about one hour, but we are now expanding it to 75 minutes to give our guests the opportunity to stay and chat, just like we would if we were going to in-person events.
Make the list of attendees available to your guests.
Once someone has agreed to attend or signed up for the event, make sure to send a calendar invite with a link to the app you are using. For our virtual event, we use zoom, and we make sure that all of our attendees are put on an email chain so they all can see who is attending the event. We also make sure that the event will be recurring, and we invite past attendees to our next event. Making the event as easy as possible for your attendees to join will create a higher chance that they will show up. A few days before the event, send out the list of attendees, along with their social media accounts. It’s helpful for the registrants to get to know each other or get connected on LinkedIn before the event.
Now more than ever, we need to make more personal connections, especially while we work from home or feel disconnected. Since we aren’t allowed to meet in large numbers in person, we can still grow our professional and personal connections online. By hosting your own events as we do, you are able to boost your own personal and business profile as well as help people feel connected.
At Groff NetWorks, we take the time to get to know you and your company first before we make any sort of move in your network. We want to make sure that our services and visions are a fit for each other. We as an MSP keep you updated on any new or old issues to be as preventative as possible. At Groff NetWorks, a core value of ours is having a servant’s heart. That means we are open, honest, and caring when it comes to our work and our clients. To see if we are the right fit for you, call us at 518-320-8906 or fill out a new client form on our website groffnetworks.com.