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How to Network at Online Conferences and Virtual Events

By August 6, 2020November 6th, 2020No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Is it still even possible to network and connect with others at conferences and events, now that they’ve mostly gone online for the time being? The answer is yes, and Kelly’s digital networking strategies in this episode of the Build Your Dream Network podcast will help you maximize the many opportunities to do so before, during, and after any virtual event. Covering everything from leveraging conference apps and social media in order to find other attendees who could be valuable connections to knowing the proper etiquette for posting a question in a chat, Kelly provides deceptively simple suggestions you can start implementing today to continue building your dream network.

Key takeaways:

  • With a little intentionality, you can create a better networking experience even online
  • Use the networking tools you have–including social networking sites
  • Reach out to others through the conference app to exhibit to others that you are here to engage
  • Attending the event is a small act of networking; maximize your opportunities before and after the conference

What to listen for:

  • 00:38 Most of our lives have become digital, including networking. Let’s discuss four digital networking platforms and how to capitalize on their offerings
  • 01:16 There are more features to conference apps than you think – use them!
  • 03:25 Social networking sites can help you get the most out of your online conference
  • 04:43 Hashtags are the secret to finding new connections at the online
  • 05:46 Do not merely attend a conference on a video platform, engage
  • 07:51 You must engage before and after the event to make the most out of the online conference


“Conference apps are only as good as the intent we bring to them – so bring the intention to engage meaningfully, to not only seek information but to provide it.” [03:10]

“You can amplify what you’re hearing or learning by using the event hashtag —- and you can use the hashtag to find the community coalescing around the topic being discussed at the conference.” [04:46]

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J. Kelly Hoey

Networking Expert + Career Transformation Coach + Author + Speaker, Kelly Hoey looks at "networking" through a new, modern, fresh lens, offering you (who are pursuing and perhaps struggling with your big ambitions), advice on how to connect for success in a hyper-connected world that is woefully short in its attention span. Her network-building advice is relatable, instilling confidence with actionable insights and practical information.