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How to Connect With People Online and Build Your Social Network (EVEN DURING LOCKDOWN!)

By Tiffiny J. Fambro | Confidence

Jun 29
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In the age of the Coronavirus pandemic, social isolation and self-quarantine, many of us are feeling totally disconnected from civilization.

Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but if you were a social butterfly before the pandemic hit, i.e. going to happy hour with friends, meeting up with your local outdoor bootcamp group, going to networking socials, you are probably feeling really out of sorts.

Well I have good news- there is hope! You don’t have to stay totally isolated and give up your networking abilities! As a matter of fact, you now have an opportunity to connect with people from all over the world.

I believe that in the face of every challenge, is the potential for innovation.  The innovation in this situation is being intentional about meeting people online.

No, I’m not talking about online dating (although you can do that too), I’m talking about online socializing. Since this pandemic hit, I have attended online birthday parties, online D.J. happy hours, online networking events, online group meditation, as well as online group workouts. Bottom line- you don’t have to stop your social life just because you might be stuck indoors. But how can you learn how to connect with people online and build your social network?

How to Connect With People Online and Build Your Social Network

Here is a list to help you get a good start on figuring out how to connect in our new post pandemic world.

  1. Join an online interest group! What are your interests? Are you into knitting, writing, meditation, real estate, fitness? Whatever you are into, trust me there is an online group just waiting for your.  Just do a quick online search for your interest and add the word “online” in the description box. Be willing to take some time to do a little research on the groups that you find but definitely schedule a date to attend an online meetup. Just know that if you attend a meet and don’t like it, you don’t have to go back!
  2. Use social media to connect! LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter- there are tons of social media sites out there where you can set up a profile and connect. Even if you are not that into social media, you can do a very basic profile without adding a lot of your personal information. There are tons of groups that you can join on social media that will allow you to meet people that have similar interests. The biggest tricks for being social on social media is to comment, post, like, and share content. People will notice your comments and reply and sometimes send you a private message to talk. I have met people that really despise social media, but I believe that social media is a tool. Like any tool, it can be used for good or bad, positive or negative. So use it wisely, keep it fun, and don’t get caught up in any negativity.
  3. Use video conferencing! Video conferencing is a great way to have online lunch with friends, have coffee with a significant other, throw an online party, or a business meeting. There are so many video conferencing programs that you can use to connect with people. Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, Apple or Android FaceTime, and Microsoft Teams are a few are great programs that you can use for free. The idea is to connect in a private video site that you control.  Some of these programs also include recording features if you wanted to record the event and send it to attendees later. This is yet another way to stay connected visually and still socialize.
  4. Volunteer! Yes even during a pandemic, there are still tons of volunteer opportunities online that need filling. Below are a few links to help get you started; from after school tutoring programs to the United Nations to the Smithsonian there are tons of opportunities to give your time and connect with others.

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This is not an exhaustive list of ways to connect, but it should give you a great start to helping you get and stay connected to the outside world.  Remember, a part of building a life that you love is surrounding yourself with a positive, like-minded social circle that share your passion, drive, interests and ambition.

If you want to dig deeper into creating a life that makes you happy every day and keeps you connected to the world in a positive self-affirming way, then let’s chat. I love working with women who are ready to develop their goals and take forward action.

Click the link here to get on my calendar for a FREE coaching strategy call: http://bit.ly/TiffinyCalendar

XOXO Tiffiny

About the Author

Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love

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