August 31, 2023

Breaking the Ice: 4 Tips to Appear More Approachable at Digital Networking Events

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Joining a women’s networking group can have many benefits, including being an
effective way to grow your business, learning from others’ experiences, and building a
supportive community. However, attending digital networking events can be nerve-
wracking for many individuals, especially if one is new to the experience.

At Six Degrees Society, we understand the value of meaningful connections. To make
the most out of each interaction during our events — where each connection lasts about
15 minutes — appearing approachable is essential. In this article, we’ll share four
straightforward tips to help strong, independent, and fierce women like you appear more
approachable and make the most of your networking opportunities.

Master your body language:
Body language speaks volumes about your demeanor and approachability. During
digital networking events, where face-to-face interactions are limited, focus on making
your virtual presence warm and inviting. Sit up straight, maintain an open posture, and
avoid crossing your arms, which can create a barrier between you and others.

Remember to smile genuinely and occasionally look directly at the camera to emulate
eye contact, as it instantly makes you more approachable and friendly. The more
relaxed and open you appear, the easier for others to initiate conversations with you.

Eye contact matters:
Eye contact is a crucial aspect of human interaction as this helps establish a connection
when communicating. Hence, eyeglass wearers should be mindful of how spectacles
may create a barrier between them and the other person. In fact, a 2022 study
published in Cureus found that eyeglasses can make you appear less confident and
less intelligent. If you’re comfortable with contact lenses, they can be a great option to
ensure zero glare and clear visibility during your digital networking interactions.
Consider one-day disposables like the ACUVUE OASYS that uses HydraLuxe™
Technology to keep your eyes comfortable even after prolonged periods of staring at
the screen.

Otherwise, it’s essential to recognize that the study didn’t consider the effect of different
glasses rims and styles. If your eyeglasses make you feel the most confident and
comfortable, you can still work on room lighting and other factors to reduce glare.

Mind your room lighting and camera placement:
Factors like room lighting and camera placement can significantly enhance your
appearance during digital networking events. Ensure a setup where your face is well-lit,
avoiding harsh shadows that could obscure your expressions. Soft, natural light from a
window can be flattering, but be cautious of direct sunlight, as it may cause glare or
make you squint.

Otherwise, position your camera at eye level and maintain a comfortable distance from
the screen while staying within the range of the mic. This will create a more engaging
virtual presence and make it easier for others to connect with you.

Show genuine interest in others:
One of the most potent ways to appear approachable is by showing genuine interest in
the people you interact with. Listen actively to what they say, ask thoughtful questions,
and respond empathetically. You create a positive and memorable impression when
you actively engage in the conversation and show interest in others’ stories and
experiences. Remember, networking is not just about promoting yourself; it’s about
building authentic connections and mutually beneficial relationships.

By following these four simple tips, you can maximize the value of each interaction and
appear more approachable during Six Degrees Society’s events. Join our community
and approach networking with confidence, knowing that you have the power to create
meaningful and lasting connections with other powerful women.

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