Creative Virtual Networking Ideas for 2021

May 4, 2021

Virtual Networking Ideas

Networking is one of the ways to thrive and attain excellence in a profession. When you network with prospects and experts/colleagues in your industry, you stand a chance to pick up industry trends and close more deals than ever before.    

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, most networking ideas range from hosting a social event for charity to seminars for prospective clients. But the pandemic has changed our lives in numerous ways. A lot of  countries imposed lockdown, flight restrictions, and social distancing to curb the spread of the virus. All these safety measures make it hard to network.

But what if there are creative networking event ideas that allow you to host events from the comfort of your home?

In a moment, we will look at some of these networking event ideas. Not only are these ideas hassle-free, but they can also be a saving grace for issues such as flight delay, traffic, and emergencies.  Without further ado, let’s get down to it.

Virtual Coffee Chats 

Apart from the benefits to human health, coffee brings the best in people. It brings productivity at work, improves meetings, sets the mood for engaging conversations in work meetings.

Which brings us to: How do virtual coffee chats work? 

Virtual coffee chats is a meeting set up with people you intend to add to your growing network. This is just like showing up for a meeting in a coffee shop. The only difference is  it is via video software like Zoom and Skype. 

Coffee chat can either be in the form of a group discussion or a one-on-one coffee chat. As mentioned earlier, the virtual coffee chat networking idea will help set the mood of your attendees.

Audio-only Discussion

The truth is not everyone would like to have a virtual video meeting with you, and this is why you need to consider their preference before hosting any virtual networking event.

This networking  idea is ideal for attendees that would not favor video meetings. Audio-only Softwares like Clubhouse and QurantineChat allow you to discuss with people while you are driving and strolling. Think of audio-only discussions as a revamped old telephone conversation.

Not only that, you won’t need to go through the stress of setting the stage or  worrying over your lighting position. 

Apart from the stress-free factor of audio-only discussions, it is always cost-effective for people on a tight budget. 

Virtual Fundraising Events

Fundraising for a good cause is indeed a noble gesture. But the COVID-19 safety measures make it hard to host parties in most countries. Hosting virtual fundraising events is a perfect way to do some good and network with people.

Facebook Live and Youtube Watch Party are some of the best channels to host events like this. These channels allow you to broadcast real-time video and engage your guests. In this virtual event, there will be an order of events, presentations, auctions, art exhibitions, raffles, and more. 

Virtual fundraising events require that  your guests are to dress for the occasion from their respective homes. Also, if it’s not too much trouble, you can send wine before the event to spice things up. 

Roundtable Event 

Are you thinking of hosting virtual networking that gives room for intellectual discussion?

Then you should host a roundtable event. A roundtable event is like killing two birds with one stone.

First, your attendees will be able to rub minds together. And  secondly, it’s perfect to network new people.

When you have large numbers of attendees, it is advisable to divide them into groups. For instance, let’s say you have 50 attendees for a roundtable event. You can group them into a group of 5.

Virtual Games

Networking is not limited to coffee talks, meetings, and fundraising parties. A lot of people network via recreational activities such as golf, poker, and non-violent spar fights.

With that said, there are virtual games that allow you and your companion to have a great time and network at the same time. Some of these virtual games are:

    • Houseparty
    • Watson Adventures’ Virtual Hunts
    • Monopoly
    • Virtual soccer games and many more.   

Conclusion- Tips for Hosting Virtual Networking Events

Now that you are familiar with virtual networking ideas, you should start planning weeks before the event. 

Also, first impressions are crucial in every meeting. Therefore, you must create a good impression with your attendees. Here are some tips and tricks for virtual networking events:

  1. First, you need to ensure that where you intend to have this event is a serene environment. A virtual coffee chat in a public coffee shop is not a good idea. Choose  a quiet place where you won’t be distracted. 
  2. Examine everything you need for your virtual event, from ring lights to your internet connection to mics. 
  3. Keep your attendees informed before the virtual networking event. Make sure they are aware of any changes in the event.