I’ve been working with clients virtually since 1999 as their VA/Online Biz Manager/Biz Coach, and while I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of them face-to-face, there are so many more that I’ve never met in person.
Last week, a client I’ve worked with since 1999 or so, Executive Coach Barrie Zucal, www.globalcoaches.com, called me up to tell me that she was at a conference in Houston, realized that I lived fairly close to Houston, and wanted to get together over the weekend for lunch. I gladly accepted.
Barrie and I met face-to-face at the Westchase Marriott and had a great lunch and lively conversation. She kept remarking on how strange it was to see me and hear me speak at the same time..LOL
And, at this same conference, I had the opportunity to connect with someone I had met back in 2003 at the eWomen Network meeting in Houston, Adrienne Talani. I had introduced Barrie and Adrienne at that point, as I thought they had things in common and should know each other. It turned out to be a great match, as Barrie and Adrienne went on to write a series of award-winning articles. Whoever said that virtual partnerships never work???
Connecting with people all over the country and in different parts of the world are one of the things that I love about having a virtual, online business. You’re not limited to you local geographic area for your clients, and can be introduced to so many new and different ways of doing things very easily.
I still know people who say that virtual relationships don’t work and that’s it’s very hard to develop rapport and trust with someone at a distance. In my opinion, I find those relationships to be more real and genuine than many in-person relationships that I’ve had over the years.
What’s the difference?
I’ve developed the ability to size someone up in a very short period of time over a phone call and can tell right away how compatible we’ll be. It’s taken a number of years of working virtually to develop this skill, but I’ve now got it down to a fine-honed craft. And, I’ve found that others who are interested in developing virtual relationships get right to the point and don’t waste much time–there’s less idle chit-chat. The best part of virtual networking/relationship building is the fact that I don’t have to get dressed and drive anyplace–I’m beginning to value that especially in light of the high gas prices..:)
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