Excerpted from Forbes by Forbes Councils Member

Networking today looks a lot different than it did a year ago. In the Covid-19 era, large conferences and indoor gatherings are off-limits for the foreseeable future, and there aren’t as many opportunities to meet new contacts in person.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still network. There are countless opportunities to meet people virtually, and when done the right way, it can be just as effective as in-person networking.

To help you, we asked a panel of Forbes Coaches Council members what common mistakes people should avoid when networking virtually. Steer clear of these 14 faux pas when you’re connecting with industry peers and prospective clients online.

1. Dressing Casually

A common mistake when networking virtually is dressing and speaking casually due to the comfort level people feel, especially when connecting from home. Dressing like you are attending an in-person networking event can help to establish a professional mindset and demeanor during virtual meetings. This can inspire other attendees to take your ideas seriously and cultivate new business relationships. – Shelley Hastings, Your Hospitality Partner

2. Not Following Through On LinkedIn Connections

Realize that connecting with people on LinkedIn is not networking. Networking is about building relationships and helping others before asking them to help you. While grabbing lunch is unrealistic for most of us right now, you can pick up the phone or have a virtual coffee break. You can meet and get to know people at virtual events. The bottom line is you have to make the effort. – Annette Richmond, career intelligence Resume Writing and Career Services
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