Networking is one of the many perks of being a member of a co-working space.
While we understand that sometimes you need to put your headphones on, tune in, and get some work done, we also know that you don't want to miss out on an opportunity to grow your network and potentially your business.
Here at 3411 Coworking, we offer several opportunities to mingle and network with your neighbors via regular Happy Hours, informative Lunch & Learn's and welcoming communal areas.
Here are some tips on how to make valuable network connections in a coworking space.
- Be Engaged and Conversational
Get to know those you share the space with! Initiate by asking simple questions like "How long have you been a member?"Also, become involved, by attending member events. Spend time in genuine conversation, instead of marketing your business. There will be plenty of time for that in the future.
- Trade Skills
Once you begin to develop relationships you may meet people who's industry talent(s) meet your needs and vice versa. Suggest a work trade or collaborative project. Not only is it mutually beneficial, but you can each spread the word about the others work.
- Share Knowledge
The basic idea of co-working is that of "openness". Sharing knowledge will not only help your coworker but could also benefit you in the future. Be generous with the skills you have learned and share freely
- Build Relationships
You never know what the future may hold and making lasting friendships with people of various talents and interests may help you transition to the next phase of you life. Maintaining friendships with talented, like-minded individuals may pay off in ways you never expected. Plus, you can never have too many friends.
Remember that coworking spaces are much more than a place to keep your pens and paper clips. It's where ideas are being born and, in many cases, dreams are being realized. Most likely, those working around you are just as eager to engage with you as you are them. Take advantage of the open office concept and make yourself a part of the community.