Tracy Darchini, Author at The Contactually Blog | For Relationship-Based Businesses
Top 10 Reasons Online Networking is More Effective Than In-Person Networking

Top 10 Reasons Online Networking is More Effective Than In-Person Networking

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on the Huffington Post and can be found here. Meeting people in real life, face-to-face is important for building professional relationships, but I’d be willing to bet that most of us — whether introverted or extroverted — do not enjoy the awkward interactions that are common when meeting strangers face-to-face for the first time. Networking events can feel like high school dances. Some packs of people who know each other stick together in cliques, never truly reaching out of their comfort zone. Others sit on the sidelines like wallflowers, waiting to go home to their pajamas and The Tonight Show. A scarce few may end up networking with someone they end up having a fruitful business relationship with, but most of us are lucky to leave with a few pleasant exchanges and business cards. Networking online, however, provides a much greater chance of success. It allows for a more thoughtful approach. 10 Reasons to start networking online: Here are 10 Reasons Online Networking is Better Than In-Person Networking, followed by steps to begin networking online like a champ. 10. Unlike networking events, networking online does not require suffering through a glass of bad chardonnay and a rubber chicken dinner. 9. Networking online has the potential to reach almost anyone in the world. It’s not just limited to whoever is in the room. 8. You can be strategic and prepare before networking with someone online, as opposed to flying by the seat of your pants with whoever happens to be at a networking event. 7. Online, you don’t have to worry about someone...