Use social media
During quarantine, social media has become even more important, offering a quick way to relate. The downside has become the noise on large platforms which makes it more of a rabbit hole. Choose instead to become part of a smaller group or join a closed platform.
While it clearly isn’t networking, spending an hour on Linkedin commenting on posts and requesting connections with people who interest you can be considered pre-work for meeting new people virtually. Remember that commenting on social media can never replace a phone call for truly building relationships.
Don’t miss out on the benefits of having a vibrant network during the pandemic. Be intentional with your time and use the virtual tools available. When we can get together again, we will all be excited to meet our new connections in person.