Lee Foster from networking group Revitalise has some tips for networking virtually.
As we now start to embrace the virtual space, the art of networking can be very daunting for anyone, especially if you now find yourself seeking work after being unemployed for a long time or you have started a new job and want to make an impact.
This month we had the benefit of collaborating with Lee Foster who runs Revitalise, a highly successful UK networking group for business professionals. Lee states: “You need to set out the right expectations and objectives in developing your network. It is a long game so you should develop a strategy. You may want to stop because of all the knockbacks you get in the process, but you need to keep in place the correct mindset and the long-term gain, as you will learn more about yourself and others on the journey!”
Lee has put together his top five areas that will assist you in becoming an effective networker.
What are your objectives?
If you are new to networking, Lee advises that you should find the one that is right for you, as each event will deliver something different, and some may suit you more than others. Before you make the commitment to a group, make sure it is a good fit for you and your objectives.
At Lee’s events, like many other networking events, you are given the opportunity to introduce yourself. His advice is:
Lee is a great believer that you need to actively listen when networking. It is not a one-way street so always consider:
Lee always encourages a follow-up meeting, especially at virtual events. So, throughout the event identify connections you can organise a one- to-one meeting with over zoom. Lee believes it is really important to establish that trust and rapport.
Finally, Lee advises to always review your monthly activities:
This will allow you to understand what is working and what can be improved.
Hopefully, with this guidance from Lee you feel more equipped and confident when you start attending networking events. If you are interested in find out more from Lee or attend one of his events you can find out more here: – https://card.pramaze.com/lee-foster