Networking is vital, especially during a quarantined life
The digital world has brought us together worldwide. Unlike pandemics of the past, we are not far removed from each other. The news, the online platforms, even radio bombarding us with helpful information and not so helpful information connects us at lightning speed.
Our longing for connection to like-minded souls has us living in communities, joining groups, going out and creating events, selling this in person, sharing meals, sports, and activities outside and then suddenly the world was confined to their homes.
How do we react? It has deeply affected the way the world does business. According to the Economist: ‘Sometimes change is so vast and dislocating that it is hard to tell disaster from opportunity.’ Who is feeling it the most? Small business owners and especially entrepreneurs. Networking to promote and support our business is how we stay alive.
Thankfully there is Zoom. The Morning Brew states: “From handshakes to two-ply, we’re all craving some normalcy. For the homebound and quarantined, Zoom is offering an unconventional return to socialization. “
Zoom is bringing our classrooms together. Zoom has brought me meetings with business colleagues, social groups, my writing group “Coronado Scribes” and most recently the meetings of the “Ocean Beach Networking Group. Our host Chuck Hardwick was quick to transfer us from in-person to online. This week’s meeting was well attended.
One of the most helpful and healing aspects of networking is the sense of community it provides.