This year might look different for a lot of us, but don’t let it hold you back from meeting new people and create meaningful connections that will impact your personal and professional growth. As a Hospitality and Tourism Management student who is people-driven, I have tested several ways to engage with industry leaders, potential employers and mentors whom I can only see through small Zoom squares. Check out my three simple tips below to become a pro at virtual meetings xD
1. DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Even in a virtual setting, the person sitting across the screen will still form their first impression of you by the way you look. So before meeting with them, groom yourself! Personally, I find that business casual is the best dress code for most occasions. An ideal outfit for your next virtual meeting can be a white top with a blazer!
2. BE PUNCTUAL
Nobody likes to stare blankly at the screen. Give yourself at least five minutes before any events to set yourself in the mood. This extra five-minute will also allow you to test if the connection is stable for the call.
3. DON’T FORGET EYE CONTACT
You can do this by looking at the webcam. I actually received this tip from a senior manager at Rogers during a Breakfast Panel organized by Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM)’s Sales Leaderships Program (SLP).
So next time instead of looking at the other person’s eyes from a straight angle on the screen, you can keep your eyes at the same level as the webcam, and glance down to see the opposite person’s reaction!
ABOVE ALL, BE YOURSELF AND ENJOY YOURSELF! Virtual networking events can always be fun and helpful if you view it that way. You can also book a 1:1 meeting with career consultants at TRSM’s Business Career Hub to get more tips on how to win people and best prepare for your next interviews.