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Any ideas on pr/networking during the Covid times? No more social events, less/zero traveling and meetings... I am focusing on webinars and calls, but the best opportunities used to come from real meetings! Happy to read your experience

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I've been reverting to the 'old fashioned way' of picking up the phone and shooting the shit. Especially now that the initial phase of 5-minute "wow, crazy times" call intros has slowed, people seem pretty pleased with the opportunity to have a quick chat about what they're doing personal or professional and keep connecting. I feel like I've been able to use the absurdity/uniqueness of the situation as a justification to start discussions that I would have let wait for an event/conference/dinner before.

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Agreed. Really interested in others’ thoughts on this. Can we broaden the discussion to include ideas on new relationships too? I feel like I have had good/easy opportunities to maintain relationships, and even expand into new areas of work with existing clients through these times. The hardest part has been trying to get “meetings” with new prospects and get to know people with whom I don’t have an existing relationship. I know these times will ultimately result in a titanic shift in how we network, but I’d like to get ahead of the curve, and I am struggling with how to build new relationships virtually.

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I have been making calls, offering to do webinars and presentations, writing articles, and forwarding emails on relevant topics to my clients. Just remind them you are there, ready and waiting, but in the meantime the calls and showing you have an interest in their personal lives during this extremely stressful time will really resonate with them. Remember, it take years to build up relationships and trust. Good luck!

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