5 Benefits Of Networking Virtually

We live, work and play in two worlds today! They are equally important, inter-dependent and mutually beneficial. This is article will focus on the benefits of networking virtually. I have built my business brand starting in 2006 from ground zero engaged in these two worlds.


Rewind...

October 2006, I was sitting on my lanai in southwest Florida not working. I made a career and life change in August 2006, that simply didn’t work out. Stunned and shocked I never thought I’d need a plan B, but thank God I had one. In February of 2007, I launched my first brand: Train with Shane, a sales and marketing training and consulting company in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Fast Forward...

December 2010, I moved back to Ft. Lauderdale to continue my entrepreneurial activities in the home town and market I grew up and lived in most of my life until that move in August 2006.

What’s Happened In Between?

I have evolved my business model to more diverse ways I make money and expanded my geographical reach and footprint with regard to where I can do business. I am now a published author, entrepreneur, national speaker, consultant, media host, and published business expert. Most of my network growing was accomplished in the virtual, online web space, and community. Here are five of the benefits of networking virtually that have changed my game:

1. Establish Brand Leadership

Not only did I get serious about my blog and growing the expert team and content on it, but I am now a regular blog contributor to several other national business and career blogs including: workitdaily.com, smallbiztrends.com, personalbrandingblog.com, blogher.com, and smartbrief.com.

2. Boost Your Subscriber List

My list has grown rapidly with people opting in not only from the United States but Pakistan, Australia, England, India, Ireland, Brazil and Malaysia. Business and career issues and challenges are worldwide and the virtual world makes it possible to find each other no matter where we live.

3. Send And Receive Information Immediately

Anyone now with a smartphone with a camera and video are publishing and sharing content worldwide. Regular people are now street journalists, simply by sitting at a cafe in Paris witness to something newsworthy. I found out about the passing of Michael Jackson on Twitter.

4. Form Strategic Partnerships And Collaborations

I have met amazing people who follow me and I seek out to follow who bring value to my day. Many of these have turned into tangible business partnerships.

5. Make Immediate Referrals

Supporting other's work, accomplishments and activities is a key part of relationship building. The virtual relations we make online some say are NOT real relationships. I challenge that and say social media platforms are the most natural way for human beings to fulfill their human need to connect. Virtual connections are the bridge now to taking it offline to phone, Skype, and face-to-face. I live in southeast Florida, now. Every week I am on the phone with new people I meet from California, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Georgia and yes, Australia, Ireland and Pakistan - all who are exploring our synergies and how we can help each other.
How glorious and wonderful to meet other professionals and business people, who are more similar to each other than different. When I finally meet in person people I have been interacting solely with online, it feels like we already know each other! The virtual community has given us all a place to meet up, greet up and grow up together.
How have you benefited from virtual networking? Photo Credit: Shutterstock

When most people think of Nike, they think of shoes, retail stores, and, of course, athletes. That's all true, but there's more. Behind Nike's walls, you'll find the doers and thinkers who design, create, and innovate every day. There are also data scientists who discover and leverage athlete insights to create the future of sport.

You might be surprised to learn about the impact you can have in Data & Analytics at Nike versus at a major tech giant. Nike employees get to work on a wide array of challenges, so if you're obsessed with math, science, computers, and/or data, and you love sport, these stories may inspire you to work at Nike.

SHOW MORE Show less

Employee loyalty is something every company longs for. It's estimated employee turnover costs as much as 130-200% of an employee's salary. When a talented, knowledgeable, trained employee leaves, it's bad for business. And, when lots of them leave, it can be the kiss of death.

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the interview situation one of our viewers, Remi submitted. He was in an interview and was asked the question: How many cows are there in Canada right now? - What a weird question but this is a technique that some hiring managers are using these days.

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Kevin submitted. He is a college student who's working a part time job to make ends meet. The manager/owner of the company has become a micro-manager who watches him work on camera and reads his company emails. A bit over the top wouldn't you say?

SHOW MORE Show less