Virtual Networking for Businesses Works
It’s no secret that technology has been central to our survival in this global pandemic; in both personal lives and in business, we have all had to adapt to a world that relies heavily on virtual engagement.
As individuals and businesses were forced to adopt digital technology to replace physical interaction almost overnight, this brought with it some big challenges and changes in the way we build and maintain relationships, as well as network and connect with new contacts and customers.
Nine months into the pandemic, it seems unlikely we’ll be shaking hands and having those ‘corridor conversations’ anytime soon but thankfully, virtual events have meant that businesses have been able to host valuable online networking opportunities- something that is very likely to remain a part of business activity in the post Covid19 future.
Whilst for some it has taken some getting used to, people are speedily recognising that virtual events actually have some great advantages over physical events; from being easy to join from any location, they’re far cheaper to host and attend and yet can still feature opportunities for quality networking through breakout sessions and interactive elements maximising on opportunities for engagement.
There may very well be a lack of ‘complimentary coffees and croissants’, but virtual networking actually works and at Glyndŵr University our Enterprise Team are very excited about the return of our very own Business Breakfast Networking Events from January, which will of course take place virtually.
At our first event taking place on 8th January 2021, we will be building a virtual conversation around struggles faced when hosting and attending virtual events and networking. This event will serve as a virtual sounding board; an opportunity to share experiences and tips on how to overcome certain virtual challenges.
This event will also offer an opportunity for those that are interested in developing their online strategy for their business to explore our digital and marketing support initiatives-!
Written by Ann Bell, Bilingual Communications Officer.