Professional networking during a pandemic poses a unique challenge. Gone are the opportunities to exchange business cards at a breakfast event, or ask an influential figure in your field for a quick chat over coffee. Elevator pitches are no good when offices are deserted and people prefer to use the stairs. And working from home makes it much harder to schmooze the boss, or other senior managers, during a break in a meeting. And yet, months into the pandemic, those who network compulsively-and those driven to it in search of a job or career-enhancing opportunities-are still at it. How? Does it even work? We asked executives, entrepreneurs and business coaches for their take on what professional networking looks like now.
Originally published at https://applied.economist.com on December 14, 2020.