Speed networking isn’t just for face-to-face events. Professionals can greatly benefit and make many connections from the online speed network. Social media can be a source of more referrals, leads and opportunities. The online platform makes it more flexible to connect with more people anytime, anywhere.
Log in or set up a Twitter account and start following individuals and businesses. Pick a diverse group that varies by location, industry, product/service, etc. Plus, connect with family, friends, and colleagues.
After setting up your account, create some lists. List keywords that pertain to your business or career. Create another list of types of businesses or companies you have worked with or have worked for in the past. Create another keyword list of products and services you use or offer. Once you have your lists in order, take your timer. Set the time for 60 seconds. The next step is to type your first keyword into the Twitter search box. A list should appear and the first 5 in the list will follow. Search for followers or overlapping networks. Then, clear the search box and type another word from the lists and repeat the process.
Hopefully, from this exercise, you are able to build your own social media platform. Beware of those companies or individuals who start following you. Send a tweet or message thanking them and introducing yourself. Use keywords that represent your brand, your personality, your business or professional/social ambitions. Mention your commonalities and shared interests and purposes to keep in touch.
The engagement process will be the key factor in the success of your speed networking. Be consistent and follow feeds and trends. Expand your networks and retweet, bookmark and reply to relevant posts. Learn how to support and promote your followers.
These networking acceleration tips can dramatically improve your efforts and goals to make more connections online.