Building up communities is what coworking spaces are made for. Getting to know new people by networking can help you grow your business and expand your social skills at the same time. Don't be shy to say hello to a fellow coworker. Here are 10 tips to help you make a good start and a great impression at your new coworking space
1. INTRODUCE YOURSELF
The first thing you need to do when you start your new adventure at a coworking space is to introduce yourself. Don't be afraid to be the one that ignites the conversation. A simple "Hi, how are you?" should do the trick. You will see that the rest of the conversation will start flowing. There is really no other way to introduce yourself. There is no other way for your fellow co-workers to get to know you and you should start to know the people you share your space and time with. Who knows? You could make useful professional contacts, find new clients and even new friends!
2. SPEND TIME IN THE COMMON AREAS
After step 1 is completed, it's time to start expanding your connections. A great way to do so is to spend time in the common spaces. Let's take the kitchen for an example. During lunchtime, this place is filled with people looking for a nice chat whilst they enjoy their meal, so take advantage of it and be around, say hi and try to converse with the others.
3. BE OPEN
Don't be afraid to interact with your fellow co-workers and give them a compliment once in a while. This can often make someone's day. The more approachable you are, the more successful you will be. Try leaving your headphones at home once in a while, they can sometimes send out the impression that you don’t want to be disturbed; be a part of the community and use them only when you need to.
4. ATTEND EVENTS AND PARTIES
Here at OneCoWork, we have plenty of events for you to attend. The after-works, for example, is a great opportunity to get to know your co-workers just a little bit better. It is a great way to share a drink with the community, let go of your stress from the week, relax and start the weekend well. There are regular updates and new events happening every week, so we hope to see you there!
5. BE KIND TO OTHERS
A simple gesture, but by consciously acting like this at work with your coworkers, sharing your knowledge and experiences you never know what this kindness will bring. One day you might need some advice or help, and you would be surprised by the number of people who would want to help you in return. Share your time with others and help them help you grow.
6. INTERACT WITH THE COMMUNITY
Connect with the community by showing up to the events, after works or simply pass by their desk for a quick talk. Take a look at the Newsletter, Instagram and Facebook feed where you will find everything you need to know about what is going on in your space. Community Managers are also here to help you reach out to other co-workers you could collaborate with. Simply tell them what you are looking for, and they will arrange a rendezvous for you.
7. BE ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Be active on social media and introduce yourself, follow your fellow co-workers and engage in a conversation. Do not hesitate to take pictures of the space and share them, it will show that you are part of the community.
8. SEIZE ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES
When given the opportunity, always try to connect with your fellow co-workers, they might be able to help or your business. Do not hesitate to share your business’ needs with people, perhaps they would introduce you to their contacts and create future partnerships.
9. MAKE THIS PLACE YOURS
After some time, you will probably know all the corners of your coworking space, but don't hesitate to change your work area on a regular basis. You will get to know new people, make new connections that can be useful for you or your business. Choose your spot and simply feel like home.
10. COME OFTEN
The more often you are at a coworking space (if you are working or not) the best it will be for you as you will really become a part of the community, and you will enjoy it. Besides, you will also be more productive here, than anywhere else!
We hope that these few tips help - Now go and put them to good use, we have faith in you!
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