We are all having to embrace our inner ‘tech nerd’ and use virtual networking and other technologies.
Since we have all gone into social isolation we are having to learn to utilise technologies that businesses have tried to embrace for decades.
Twenty years ago, video-conferencing always seemed so stilted so companies that had tried to lead the way usually ended up going back to face to face meetings. Teams travelling hundreds of miles, costs of travel and accommodation adding a burden on the business, not to mention all that lost time.
Now plenty of businesses use some form of virtual meetings to connect teams but it wasn’t the norm and most people still prefer to have meetings in a room together. In the last two weeks, it’s all changed. Everyone that can, is working from home, client meetings are done via Skype, presentations and training via Zoom.
Families and friends have adjusted to using FaceTime or Skype rather than meeting up and virtual pub quizzes abound. Hopefully, this will be something that we all continue when we are finally allowed back out.
What may end up being a plus of our enforced isolation –
We are talking to our nearest and dearest more often.
We have reconnected with neighbours (over the garden fence.)
We may have finally cracked the working from home.
We will be sitting down to our first virtual networking session next week. It might seem a little strange to start off with but it might change how we do things forever.