...Sometimes, you should see how many bloopers we have, but so, Slack is typically a messaging app, but I actually am a part of a pretty big Slack community out in Phoenix. So, as you know, I love WordPress, I’m all about it and there’s a lot of little WordPress meetups and community inside of Phoenix. Now, instead of us having a Facebook group or all these different things, we just actually have a Slack group.

So, the entire community in Arizona is a part of that Slack group. So, we talked about upcoming Word camps, upcoming meetups, just talking about new leads and work and everyone’s– – How hot it is there.

– Ugh, we try not to talk about that ’cause it’s always gross, right, but we’re always talking amongst each other and building that community there and that’s just a more unique way to do that, and it’s a different customer base or client base or whatever you call your customers. So, if Slack works for you, if your audience is already on Slack, they’re familiar with it, it’s a good way and a good idea to really build that community in a unique way. – So, I get Slack.

I can see where that super beneficial– – Slack attack. – Slack attack. – I’m stealing that now. – I can see where that’d be beneficial to get together some like-minded people, build the online community.

I’m a little bit more about the IRL.

– What’s IRL? – In Real Life. – Okay. – So, there’s Meetups. I know that’s been super helpful for some of my friends who’ve moved to new cities as a way to like, ya know, meet new people and get to know their area.

I know my good friend Ri, joined a Meetup where it was like paint and sip, so like, you get to like have a little booze, paint a little picture and then, get to meet people, unless they’re like, really into their artwork and introvert, then you don’t need to know them at all, but it’s a chance where you can, I know when I first moved to L.A., L.A.’s huge, right?

So, I also joined a Meetup and a bunch of Chambers of Commerce. Went and did some cool events, went to arcades. One of the coolest Meetups I went to was just straight-up hiking and that was awesome ’cause I not only felt cool, I was out there getting active, but I met some people who enjoy hiking.

– That’s awesome and sometimes having those meetups or those events is hard to plan. What I’ve seen a lot of really successful people do is they’ll piggyback on already big events.

So like, big events like Word Camp is one of them. It’s a WordPress conference. People will have little meetups– – Good point. – The day after or the day before, that way, people are already coming to that conference. They’re gonna basically gonna piggyback on all that travel already, bring that community in and have their own little meetup if you will, or little conference, or little get-together where they can really bring that community together, have that face to face time and really just bond and connect.

– Yeah. – Now, my last point with really building your online community is maybe thinking about some barriers to actually joining the community because you may not want to have everybody come in.

Introduction:
Chapter 1: It’s Who You Know
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Chapter 2: Nurturing The Connections You Already Have Virtually
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Make Sure You Have Their Social Media?
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Check Up With A Text Or Email
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Invite To Networking Events With New Connections
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Chapter 3: How To Make New Virtual Connections
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LinkedIn
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Facebook Groups
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Google Forums
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Online Webinars
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Chapter 4: Virtual Networking Tools For Success
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Zoom
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GoToWebinar
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Slack
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Eventify
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Brella
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Arena
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UPStage
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Chapter 5: Mastering Virtual Etiquette
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Don’t Expect A Reply
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Make Sure You Have Reliable WiFi
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Test Out Sound
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VIRTUAL NETWORKING SUCCESS
Arrive On Time
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Introduce Yourself
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Be Authentic
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Don’t Pitch
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Offer Something In Return
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Chapter 6: Tips For Virtual Networking As An Introvert
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Have Reasonable Expectations
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Listen More Than You Talk
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Prepare With Icebreakers
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Have a FollowUp Plan
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Know When You Need to Say No
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Chapter 7: Up Your Virtual Networking Strategy With Social Media
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Best Social Media Sites
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Connect Your Social Media To Your Invites
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Keep It Professional
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Chapter 8: How To Get Found On Social Media And Other Content

Marketing Sites?
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Use Relevant Hashtags
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Optimize Your Bio
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Engage With Other Accounts
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Virtual Networking Success

Limiting people from joining might actually be a good thing and there are a couple of ways that you can really determine how best to do that. The first way is just to have an open-ended question, right, or a couple of questions. I know that’s super common with Facebook groups.

They usually ask, “Why do you wanna join this group? “What are you gonna bring to the group?” Things like that, that way, they know that you’re not gonna come in and just troll the group, and then, maybe have a price point to actually join the group. That way, you know the people that are joining– – They’re committed. – They’re committed, they’re serious about being a part of your community and you know that they’re gonna put in the work.

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