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Networking In-Person vs Online

Networking In-Person vs Online

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Not everyone is an extrovert, but thanks to online platforms like PowerToFly and other virtual communities, everyone has the ability to network online. With that being said, just because you're behind a screen doesn't mean you should take it any less seriously than you would in person. Learn tried and true techniques for networking in-person AND online in this live Q&A; with Noelle Johnson, founder of My Interview Buddy!


Noelle Johnson is the owner of My Interview Buddy, an online platform to help candidates get prepared for major interviews. She has experience working in operations and hiring in corporate, start up and non profit organizations. Noelle is also a speaker and a writer and has been published in such places as Forbes, Fast Company, Medium and Cameron Diaz' Our Body Book website.


  • To Mengya - Your question was related to not being formally introduced to your team. Ugh. So sorry that happened to you, you should have been introduced to everyone. Don't over think it, stop by their office, say hi to them in the lunch room, if you guys use a program like slack, send them over a DM to say hi, chat in the hallway. Be you! Noelle Johnson (my interview buddy)

    Question by Noelle on 2019-06-23
  • question by Lori "Advice for age 50+ job seekers " - It wouldn't be any different from the information that I shared. In fact I think it is even more important for those who are over 50. One thing I would add, is to connect with people of all ages, even those younger than you. You may have more experience but there is also a lot of value that they may have to share with you too. - Noelle Johnson (my interview buddy)

    Question by Noelle on 2019-06-23
  • To Erin's question:" Is there a rule of thumb for how many people you need to contact to get a response? Is there a hit rate that I can use to help me predict how may people I need to reach out to, to make meaningful progress? " First and foremost, this is a meaningful process no matter how many people you have in your network. Even if you connect with one incredible person that becomes a great contact for 20 years it's worth working on. Don't worry about a return on investment or a hit rate, you are working to get to know more people and to let more people get to know you. There isn't a magic number when it comes to just connecting with people since it's pretty dependent on your approach and what you are looking for. If you are blanket messaging people on line there may be a strategy for that, but not something I would suggest. Be your authentic self, do your research and touch point with people that you want to know better. Hope that helps! Noelle Johnson (my interview buddy)

    Question by Noelle on 2019-06-23
  • To Jessica's question: "How to approach professionals about possible mentorship opportunity?" If this is someone you do not know, see if someone who knows them is able to introduce you. If that isn't possible, reach out to the person after doing some research on them. Let them know what brought you to want to connect with them and ask they have some time to speak with you about something in particular. Asking someone to mentor you is a little awkward but asking someone to coffee to talk about their career path and if you could ask them some questions on a situation that you are going through specifically is easier.

    Question by Noelle on 2019-06-23
  • to Emily & Estrella who asked - "How to connect on job or collaboration leads without an immediate need/project." I went over this a bit on the talk, but always have something to offer, even if it's as small as an article, tagging them on an event or a warm introduction with a compliment is a great way to get started. (noelle Johnson - My interview buddy)

    Question by Noelle on 2019-06-23
  • to Firstname_wp's question: What are safe topics at networking groups? - It really depends on the group. I think it's always good to err on the side of avoiding politics or religion. However, if the network group contains these subjects it is okay. But keep in mind, not only are you representing yourself online and through networking meetings, but you also represent your employers. So Always be mindful on what can come back to your place of work.

    Question by Noelle on 2019-06-23
  • Hi @Marie-Louise to your question: "How can networking feel less transactional and in some cases - less discriminatory? How would you approach these spaces? Would you approach them at all?" If you truly feel there is a discrimination issue this networking event is not for you. You can always try and push through and be the bell of the ball if you want, but are these people that you really want to have in your network? You don't want people in your network that only want to get something from you. If you typically feel uncomfortable at networking events go to different types of events, a workshop on something that you are interested in that has a network 15 -30 mins before or after the workshop is a good place to start. You guys are all there to learn something new and are all on the same wave length. It makes it easier to find some camaraderie there.

    Question by Noelle on 2019-06-23
  • No question

    Question by Chandra on 2019-06-21
  • I think most questions are covered and I would just like to know what the speaker has to say.

    Question by Indrani on 2019-06-21
  • Not just now, thanks!

    Question by Patricia on 2019-06-21
  • How can networking feel less transactional and in some cases - less discriminatory? I've started attending more meetups. Some of them feel competitive, and people immediately want to know 'what can you do for me?' and then drop you a.s.a.p. when they've decided you're not what they want. Other times, people will just look and decide - 'this isn't a tech person'. I literally see them doing the up and down glance, and scowl (I look nice, I swear!). I feel uncomfortable and usually skip the networking sessions and network online because of this, but it would be nice to improve these skills. How would you approach these spaces? Would you approach them at all?

    Question by Marie-Louise on 2019-06-21
  • I was going to ask pretty much the same question as Candace... how do you get past your "good girl" training of not bugging people?

    Question by Seonaid on 2019-06-21
  • I don't have a specific question

    Question by Julia on 2019-06-21
  • No questions

    Question by Alona on 2019-06-21
  • No specific question.

    Question by Susan on 2019-06-21
  • How can I network outside of LinkedIn?

    Question by Connie on 2019-06-21
  • No specific question at the moment. Thanks!

    Question by Andrea on 2019-06-21
  • What is your best strategy for networking in person?

    Question by Limor on 2019-06-21
  • How do I keep in touch with my connections after a meeting? I don't want to take up too much of people's time if I don't have anything too interesting to share.

    Question by Alex on 2019-06-21
  • How do you get over the awkwardness of public speaking or face to face interactions with strangers?

    Question by Betty on 2019-06-21
  • What are safe topics at networking groups?

    Question by Firstname_wp on 2019-06-20
  • Same as Estrella's question! How to connect on job or collaboration leads without an immediate need/project.

    Question by Emily on 2019-06-20
  • How do you approach people on Linked In that are 2nd degree contacts?

    Question by Amanda on 2019-06-20
  • How to approach professionals about possible mentorship opportunity?

    Question by Jessica on 2019-06-20
  • Tips for attending events alone when you don't know anyone but want to know everyone?!

    Question by Faye on 2019-06-20
  • The reason I would want to network online it to avoid face-to-face, but how do you handle a viable connection that wants to move face-to-face relatively quickly?

    Question by kaila on 2019-06-20
  • Is there a rule of thumb for how many people you need to contact to get a response? Is there a hit rate that I can use to help me predict how may people I need to reach out to, to make meaningful progress?

    Question by Erin on 2019-06-20
  • How do you grow relationships with people you meet at networking events beyond just a LinkedIn connection?

    Question by Keriann on 2019-06-20
  • no specific questions

    Question by Chinshu, Susan on 2019-06-20
  • No specific question, thanks :)

    Question by Morgan on 2019-06-20
  • No question.

    Question by Brittany-Victoria on 2019-06-20
  • No questions at this time, thanks!

    Question by Natalie on 2019-06-20
  • Looking for tips on how to make a meaningful first impression while networking online, and how to cultivate that connection afterwards.

    Question by Meghna (Mehrotra) on 2019-06-20
  • After the first conversation, how do you proceed to a follow up without appearing coming on too strong?

    Question by Julie on 2019-06-20
  • How do you build genuine connections online vs. generic ones? You don't want to feel like people are just trying to "get something from you" or you getting something from the other person.

    Question by Stephanie on 2019-06-20
  • How to gain the confidence to just approach someone and strike up a conversation when all I can think about is to talk about the weather, to ask he/she does professionally and just say "wow" as a response to every answer I get. Do you get it through practice by talking to yourself? Do you read a book?

    Question by Pema on 2019-06-20
  • What are some actionable items you should prepare for, before going to a networking event? With an agenda or no agenda? Acting as your authentic self or social self?

    Question by Jes on 2019-06-20
  • How do I maintain a connection after the initial conversation? Should I be inviting them out to coffee chats regularly? I also don't want to be taking up too much of their time.

    Question by Alex on 2019-06-20
  • How to approach people on LinkedIn without feeling guilty of annoying them?

    Question by Amina on 2019-06-20
  • Hi! For me, talking to people in person is difficult especially if I'm trying to network. However, when it comes to online I can easily engage with people who follow me & converse with them online. How can I make networking in person as easy as networking online? Thanks!

    Question by Deniah on 2019-06-20
  • No questions at this time.

    Question by Michelle on 2019-06-20
  • Advice for age 50+ job seekers

    Question by Lorri on 2019-06-20
  • Not yet. Looking forward to learning about this.

    Question by michelle on 2019-06-20
  • What's the best way to maintain relationships with contacts you've made, especially virtual ones?

    Question by Ann on 2019-06-19
  • What are some ways to follow up with someone you just met / been networking with online to get to know them better? Since it's generally more difficult, and takes longer, to get to know someone online versus meeting in person. What safety measures do you recommend while networking online as it's easier to be scammed when people can hide behind online aliases, etc. For example, some "work from home" jobs can end up being scams.

    Question by Vui on 2019-06-19
  • I don't have a specific question. I'm just interested in learning more.

    Question by Therese on 2019-06-19
  • What are the best ways to network with people for job leads without coming off as "wanting something right away"?

    Question by Estrella on 2019-06-19
  • Looking for a new job is actually a job. How to network effectively at the same time we are seeking for opportunities?

    Question by Eliana on 2019-06-19
  • I just want to hear what is discussed.

    Question by Debbie on 2019-06-18
  • I need good conversation starters for in-person networking events other than the weather and sports.

    Question by Kistyn on 2019-06-18
  • Can I effectively use online networking platforms without spending a ton of time curating and contributing to social media accounts?

    Question by Firstname_wp on 2019-06-18
  • How do you network without seeming annoying/needy?

    Question by Amber on 2019-06-18
  • Meet other teams in the company: I am doing an internship now in a company with around 50 people divided into 4 groups. On my first day, the boss just sent out an email welcoming me but no one show me around and introduce me to others in person. I am familiar with my teammates but do not have interaction with other teams. It has been 3 weeks and I feel I have missed the chance to introduce myself. I am thinking just going to everyone's desk to say hi. However, the awkward thing for me is that I may say hi and introduce myself to A with the presence of B,C, D nearby and then I will repeat the same words with B,C,D to introduce myself. Is there any other way to do this?

    Question by Mengya on 2019-06-18
  • I do not have a specific question

    Question by Kate on 2019-06-18
  • Looking to see the nuanced differences between in person versus online networking

    Question by Susan on 2019-06-18
  • I'm not a natural at making small talk. How do I start up meaningful conversations, especially with people I'm not overly familiar with?

    Question by Stefanie on 2019-06-18
  • Interested in learning!

    Question by Ruth on 2019-06-18
  • Been networking for many years, as I'm a remote worker and NEED to meetup with like minded people. In this way it is more of a social event then business, because I'm not so much selling myself, but catching up with people in my industry, since selling my services to other marketing people would be redundant. I do pickup a collaborator now and again. I know that I'd clean up in a room full of general business folks that may need my skills... but rarely network in this way. Currently my work load is full and I've no time to take on new clients or projects. Just putting it out there that networking can be social or business. And both serve a purpose.

    Question by Joi on 2019-06-18
  • Who else besides the obvious people (recruiters, past co-workers in other companies) can be a good networking source?

    Question by carla on 2019-06-18
  • What is the appropriate amount of times to follow up before giving up and how many from each org should you reach out to at once? Also, if you get a reply from one person and then they go radio silent is it ok to reach out to someone else to try to restart the conversation?

    Question by Stefanie on 2019-06-18
  • I do not have a specific question.

    Question by Kelly on 2019-06-18
  • Maybe later

    Question by vickie on 2019-06-18
  • How do I stand out from the crowd in my field?

    Question by Nicole on 2019-06-18
  • How do you connect with cold resources - where you may not be able to contribute to discussion

    Question by JOHN on 2019-06-18
  • No just interested in learning.

    Question by Temi on 2019-06-18
  • Which is best, a broad network or a strong network?

    Question by Charlotte on 2019-06-18
  • I think that it is necessary to eventually meet a person that you have been networking with online. Do you agree?

    Question by Vikki on 2019-06-09
  • How to overcome the feeling that you're "bugging people," by networking on LinkedIn?

    Question by Candace on 2019-05-30

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