The past few months have been very strange for business owners all over the world, but here in our little corner of the UK we have been heartened to see that the majority of this wonderful community of business people have been making networking one of their priorities while in lockdown. Virtual networking has provided a unique and convenient way to network and brought with it some wonderful benefits. We have loved seeing you embrace this way of connecting with other business owners and welcoming new members who were previously unable to attend our lunchtime meetings. This is why we decided to create the online membership communoty who’s meetings will remain virtual even when the original lunchtime ones go back to face to face.
However, as convenient as online meetings are, when the time is right for each group, we can’t wait to get the original groups back to face to face meetings. It is clear how much you have missed each other and, while it may be some time before we can greet each other with a warm hug like we may have done previously, we can still enjoy a lovely lunch and see more than just our fellow members’ heads and necks on a computer screen!!
With the anticipation of face to face meetings in mind and taking into consideration that some may still be nervous of getting back to networking in the “normal” way, I thought I’d share some tips for preparing and getting back to physical networking:
We hope all of our members can rest assured that we will not be jumping into physical networking until we feel it is completely safe to do so. This will depend on each individual venue and how they can accommodate us with social distancing in mind and will most likely mean that some groups go back before others. We will also have a clear plan in place for how we can keep members safe and healthy so all you have to do is enjoy the networking and lunch!