Many of us baulk at the idea of virtual networking. However there’s no doubt that it is sink or swim in the online world right now! While we’re all hoping that the world will return to larger scale physical trade events next year, the virtual element is here to stay regardless.

So we say it’s time to get jiggy with virtual networking and put your best face forward…rather than getting left behind and missing valuable opportunities to make valuable contacts!

The Virtual Networking Lounge at AIFF 360 will be running during the online exhibition from September 28 – October 2. The new incarnation of the popular Trends Champagne Lounge at the show, this is a great opportunity to meet fellow industry insiders. Although this time it is ‘BYO Champagne and mingle’, according to Chris May, Decor + Design & AIFF 360 Exhibition Director.

“The Virtual Networking Lounge is the perfect place to reconnect with industry colleagues, meet new clients, discuss new products, and nurture creativity,” says Chris.

Choose a table at the Virtual Networking Lounge at Decor + Design & AIFF 360

“It’s the ultimate virtual creative environment. Designers, decorators, retailers, architects and exhibitors can take the time to chat with a drink in hand – just like the physical event, except this time from the comfort of your own home.”

Herewith our tips on how to get the most out of the experience:

Check Your Appearance

To make your experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible, we recommend making a very quick system check first by clicking on this link .This will ensure that your browser allows access to your camera and microphone.

Make an Entrance

Once this is completed, click on ‘Virtual Networking Lounge’ on the Decor + Design & AIFF 360 exhibition homepage to access the Lounge.  Once you have joined, make sure your camera and microphone are turned on!

Work the Room (From Your Laptop or Phone)

When you enter the Lounge, you will randomly join a table. However, you’re free to move around the room as you please. See someone you know? Simply double click on the table that you wish to join – it’s as easy as that!

Please note that the Networking Lounge will work on Desktops, Laptops and Mobile Phones. Tablets are not supported at this time

Optimise your experience!

Don’t let your quick wit be slowed down by your network. For the best experience we recommend these steps:

  • Close all other video applications, as well as memory intensive programs (especially in Windows 10)
  • Close other browser Windows
  • Close other tabs in your browser
  • Connect to the internet using a wired connection (faster and more stable than WiFi)
  • When possible use your desktop rather than a mobile phone

Want to prep your game? Go here for the full guide to visiting the Virtual Networking Lounge.

Don’t miss Decor + Design 360, Australia’s No.1 Virtual Interiors Trade Marketplace, from September 28 – October 2! Register now to see the latest interiors products and furnishings, do business remotely and network from anywhere.

The Australian House & Garden International Seminar Series will also take place as part of the event, featuring a superstar line-up of design gurus from around the world. View the program.