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Virtual Networking for Businesses Works

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 Glyndwr 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. We will also be welcoming guest speaker Mike Corcoran, who leads our sell out short course Introduction to Co-Production and the upcoming Introduction to Public Speaking who will present a ten minute talk on online engagement and presenting skills.

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- NEW for 2021!

About the Author

Ann Bell

Ann Bell

Ann joined the Enterprise Team in Summer 2020 as a Bilingual Communications Officer. Having spent ten years working (and living!) in London in Communications, People and Operations focussed roles, Ann is glad to be working in the Welsh language once again having returned closer to her North Wales home with her young family.