Remote work has grown rapidly with a mixture of technological developments and changing attitudes surrounding the need for a formal workspace. What hasn’t changed is the need for a strong industry network. In any industry, knowing other professionals helps us to grow our skills and learn about new opportunities at the very least. The people with the largest networks often hold significant authority in their field. People seek them out and trust their knowledge. With remote working, networks can help provide moral support and continuing growth in the industry. Companies can take advantage of the vast opportunities to connect online as a way to expand their brand and authority. Employees can improve their productivity by finding peers and mentors to learn different skills.
The most well-known method of remote network communication has been video conferences. While these are effective for communicating with existing networks, video calling someone you don’t know may prove difficult if not ineffective. Instead, a great way to begin warming your network to eventually more informal video calling can be to initiate contact in a comfortable, non-pushy way. For example, some people can use email to introduce themselves and begin a dialogue. In some other industries, such as online content marketing or blogging, people can be present in discussions through progressively leaving comments, shares, and direct messaging.
There are a few benefits to using email networking:
- Direct communication: An email is private in the recipient’s inbox.
- Not pressuring: An email allows the recipient to respond when they are available.
- Allow for scheduling video calls, blog contributions, and phone chats: With successful communication through emails, the person seeking connection with the recipient can choose to request further communication in different forms.
For people who like to use social media networking:
- How: When you find someone online who you believe is vital to your network, help you with investing into stocks, you can begin to create awareness for them by liking and commenting on their content. Over time, they will develop a familiarity with your name and personality. From that, you can ask for direct communication to further your connection.
- Share Content: When we share content from others in our industry, it helps both parties by developing trust equity with our audiences. When a newer person is connected with an authority in an industry, the newer person develops some small authority while the authority on the subject gains some more audience members.
Remote workers have employed these various methods to grow their influence in the online world for years. Content marketers and bloggers have developed entire companies around the benefits of building our virtual networks. Networks help us develop our skills by sharing advice for best practices. Networks help us promote our work to the general public by sharing audiences and building trust equity. Networks are the best way to have authority in an industry. These network-building skills can help businesses in several industries which depend on customers to survive. As we all expand our professional worlds, let us not leave out the virtual network.