Updated: Aug 28, 2020
Last week I shared my networking tips on what to do before a Zoom meeting. This week we are focusing on those things you could be doing during a video conference to network.
(I use “Zoom” as a name for any on-line video conferencing by whatever platform, such as Webex, Skype, or Gotomeeting.)
During the Zoom Event
1. Remember your overall purpose of networking is to meet people one-on-one.
2. Scan the room.
Who is there? Sometimes it helps to create a list or take a photo/screenshot of the attendees. You are trying to identify one to five follow-ups, depending on your goal for this Zoom call. It may help to take notes who is saying what, so you can later discuss the specifics of what was said.
3. Be attractive.
You will have more success if your overall image you want to project matches what people see and hear. For instance, if you want to project a positive and upbeat self, then be optimistic. If you want to be laid back, then be cool and casual. Your attitude comes across in your comments, gestures, expressions, and non-verbal vocalizations (laughter and grunts). So here is a checklist:
4. Be memorable, particularly with your self-introduction or in your comments or questions.
Part of being attractive is to be aware of the clock and not monopolize the conversation. If your speaking is to inform, be sure to make it short or at least entertaining or inspirational.
5. Offer follow-up meetings or engagement:
To the whole group
e.g., “I am open to meeting 1-on-1 with anyone on this call.”
To specific attendees
out loud or in the private chat comment, such as, “Hey, John maybe we could meet later to discuss your project.”
6. Jot down any follow-up opportunities you see.
These are the Zoom Networking Instructions I am learning to follow. Let me know what you think.