Now that we’re launched into this new digital age, we’re reeling from the bumpy transition between the real and the virtual. We still expect that the way we previously engaged can be replicated with just a few tweaks in the digital world, but those social constructs are being stressed, because when digital connections replace human ones, the human can get lost. Finding value and meaning in our new digital relationships is up next on our virtual meeting agenda.

This is nothing better than when like-minded strangers are tossed together for an industry conference, ready for mingling and chatting — the lifeblood of networking. According to a new survey of 700 people conducted by The Harris Poll and Code & Theory, 44% said they expect virtual events to have some form of networking.

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We are redefining workplace terms at a rapid pace. On the job now means “in my living room” for many workers. “Can we meet now?” means jumping on Zoom. Before COVID, the digital tools we used to communicate were a way to streamline our work and make those connections easier; they weren’t the main event. Now how you show up, enunciate, and be inclusive can help establish you as a human being in the digital world. You can use technology to become more meaningful and intentional to chart your path to success.

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