Networking isn’t cancelled just because public gatherings are. If anything, it’s now easier than before, because you don’t have to spend time travelling, drinking cheap wine or getting trapped in dry conversations.
The best way to find good online events is to sign up to your favourite media and brand newsletters, follow communities on social media and trawl through event platforms like Eventbrite and The Dots to find the opportunities that suit you. Then it’s just a matter of introducing yourself in the chat function when prompted, sharing your website, social media handle and what you’re searching for.
Think about what you could share from the session on your own channels after the event; for example, tagged screenshots, photos, notes, or you could even create bespoke artwork your favourite quotes. You can send a follow-up DM on LinkedIn, tag someone in a post on Instagram, follow people on Twitter who attended the event, or start a thread with your favourite takeaways.
The nice thing about digital networking is that you actually have a bit more time to research and plan how you open up a conversation. And whatever you do, don’t worry that someone is too senior or ‘important’ to speak to; digital networking breaks down that feeling of hierarchy and makes that first move a lot easier to stomach!
Remember, all of these success stories happened because each person put their words into action. You don’t need to wait for the jobs market to pick back up, or for your portfolio to spotted by someone senior, to get noticed. You just need to take proactive steps in order to create your own space to thrive.
Find out more about F*ck Being Humble here on Instagram, and keep an eye out for Stefanie’s upcoming book, all about the benefits of self-promotion.