Individuals that utilize CoWorking spaces tend to come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are small business owners and work for themselves, while others might work for larger companies as remote employees, with still others somewhere in-between. Whatever the case may be, the people around you are likely there on their own, with a decent chance that they are also looking to make connections with individuals. Without having work projects or possibly a consistent schedule though, breaking the ice could be more challenging than it might at a regular office. For this post, we discuss tips and tricks on strategies for connecting with coworkers in a CoWorking environment.
- Check the events calendar, and participate. Many CoWorking facilities keep an active social events and networking calendar, being fully aware of their client’s drive to meet with and interact with others. Be sure to ask about this when choosing a place to cowork and see if the upcoming events are your cup of tea. And, of course, actually take the time to participate whoever possible.
- Make event suggestions. If the provided calendar isn’t striking your own interest, or if you feel you can bring more to the table, it might behoove you to make or create event suggestions as well. This is a good, fast way to get other members to become familiar with you and place a face with your (and your company’s) name.
- Frequent common areas. It’s awfully hard to network if you spend all day every day at your desk/cube/workspace. Take breaks occasionally, and spend some time in the common areas provided to get a chance to meet others who might be there. If there’s more than one break area, switch it up, as well as the times you are there.
- Perfect your elevator speech. Be prepared for the above potential interactions by practicing a clear, concise explanation of what you do and why that is easy to understand as well as memorable. This will make it more likely that others will be able to introduce you with just as much clarity to their own contacts, and be continually beneficial to you.
- Be a good listener. Just as you hope others will pick up your elevator speech and remember who you are, take the time to do the same for anyone else. By remembering what individuals do and calling them by name, you’re sure to solidify relationships for the long run.
By connecting with others, your CoWorking space will offer even more incentive to arrive regularly, as well is improve your business and make your on-the-clock experience even better. At Denver CoWork, we are more than happy to entertain suggestions and requests that may improve your experience. Feel free to contact us with any insight you’d like to contribute. Until then, happy CoWorking!