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Get ready for in-person networking

Business professional man wearing a medical face mask

For many of us, the past few years have been filled with Zoom meetings and Facetime calls. Back in 2019, it was a daunting task to migrate our entire way of working onto a fully virtual platform.

Do you remember the many technological hiccups we faced in the beginning? From frozen screens to “you’re on mute!” we somehow figured it all out. By now, we’ve gotten the hang of this virtual thing. In fact, for many of us, the idea of transitioning back to in-person work is now what’s daunting.

As pandemic restrictions lift, you might be starting to fill your calendar with in-person networking events. Even if the idea of face-to-face time with old friends and new is exciting to you, most of us will go through an adjustment period as we figure out what in-person networking looks like in 2022.

Here are a few tips to help get you ready.

Practice your elevator pitch.

Business professional man holding a suitcase and pushing an elevator button

Chances are you’ve been making fewer new connections during the past few years. If that’s the case, your elevator pitch is likely a little rusty! Practice your pitch in front of the mirror or with a family member, and make sure you’re feeling comfortable with it in time for your next event.

Add a few extras to your bag.

Green purse with hand sanitizer sticking out of it

This year, you’ll want to pack more than a few extra pens and business cards when you head out the door. Be sure to include hand sanitizer, masks, water, and Kleenex in your bag.

Be courteous of people’s different comfort levels.

Woman sitting at a table outside putting on a black face mask

The public health situation is constantly changing and everyone’s personal situation is different. As we meet together in-person, it’s important to be understanding of varying risk tolerances, needs, and comfort levels.

For example, mask mandates may or may not be enforced in your meeting space, but there’s a good chance many attendees will choose to wear them. If you’re interacting with someone wearing a mask, you may want to ask them if they would feel more comfortable if you also put on one. Try to be as flexible as possible to ensure everyone can have a great experience.

Make the most of your time by booking meetings in advance.

Pen writing inside of an agenda

There’s likely a number colleagues you’ve been eager to see for quite some time now. Get these people in your schedule early so you don’t miss an opportunity to connect with them at your event.

This also gives you a chance to discuss a few safety protocols prior to your meetup. Would your colleague prefer you to wear a mask during your interaction? Are they comfortable with a handshake? These are questions you can clear up beforehand.

Bust out your nice clothing and shine those shoes!

Man putting on argyle socks

Business casual took on a whole new meaning when work-from-home happened. But now is the time to iron out your favourite work-appropriate clothes and do the things that make you look and feel your best. Not only will you communicate your professionalism, your confidence will get a boost.

So what do you say – are you ready to network?

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