Have you tried a few virtual networking events and felt they delivered a meh experience? You are not alone! Sometimes the virtual sessions during the reception time slot are entertaining, like bringing in a chef or a mixologist. While enjoyable, it’s hard for members to connect. Other sessions create a space for members to connect, but you may get the sense these experiences can be pretty awkward for the few who attend.
However, networking is essential for most members, and you don’t want to give up on delivering this critical value, so how do you create a virtual environment for meaningful networking?
We’ve got you covered!
This Spring, 150+ association leaders joined Matchbox Virtual Media and me to create the first-ever Virtual Networking Incubator. Our goal was to figure out if virtual networking events could be meaningful, fun, and worthwhile. (Spoiler alert: they can!)
Piles, no, reams of data spewed from the Incubator, and we found we were sitting on a gold mine of community knowledge, so we summed up the most actionable insights for you. The result is a compilation of the very best, vetted ideas that will help make your next networking event sing. Did you notice I said “networking,” not “virtual networking”? That’s because you can use the Incubator learnings to design in-person networking events too.
Give this roundup a spin and Host Your Own Meaningful Virtual Networking Events!
- Virtual Networking Incubator Roundup
- These are the early days of virtual networking
- Virtual Networking is poised to solve some big problems