In the “old” days, pre-pandemic, we used to publish “Lawyers Looking for Leads” blog posts with curated lists of networking events for lawyers in Ontario. We focused on events with a social component, where lawyers could make new contacts and find potential referral sources for work. Well, in-person networking has ground to a halt. What are lawyers to do now?
Here are our top 3 tips to continue your networking plan but in a virtual way:
1. Join Social Media:
If you have been hesitant to join in the past, now is the time! Social media is one big networking event you can attend in your pajamas and with unwashed hair. Connect with other lawyers on Twitter (follow #lawtwitter), LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram (#lawyersofinstagram), etc. Interact with them by liking their posts, posting interesting articles or writing articles of your own and sharing them. You can build your profile and make new contacts all from the safety of your couch.
2. Virtual Coffee Dates:
Before this crisis hit, you may have had a calendar full of coffees or networking lunches or after work drinks. Don’t cancel them. Move them online. Make a coffee or drink at home and have that face-to-face meeting still.
3. Pick Up the Phone or Send that Email:
Now is the time to reach out and connect with other lawyers. Renew relationships. Check in with former colleagues or old law school friends. What are they doing? How are they coping? Let them know also what you are doing and what legal services you are still offering.
How are you making new connections and building your network while maintaining social distancing?
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