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Networking 101: Expanding Your Professional Circle in a Coworking Space

In today's interconnected world, building a strong network is essential for career growth and success but also for our own mental health. While traditional networking events and online platforms definitely play a crucial role, we can do better! Coworking spaces have emerged as hotspots for fostering meaningful connections. These vibrant creative spaces offer a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse crew of folks from various industries, opening doors to collaboration, mentorship, and even new business prospects. So how can you leverage the community in a coworking space to expand your circle effectively?

Embrace the Community

A coworking space thrives on its community, which makes it a perfect breeding ground for networking opportunities. Embrace the sense of community by engaging with fellow members and check out an event or two and see who shows up. By immersing yourself in the coworking ecosystem, you'll have more chances to meet like-minded folks, share ideas, and forge connections that can propel your career forward or just bring some sunshine to your day. Watercooler chat is real, grab a cup of coffee and find someone new to strike up a conversation with.

Be Yourself

Authenticity is key when it comes to networking. Folks love to talk about themselves so take the opportunity to learn something new about a community member. Ask them about themselves and what brings them joy. Remember that networking is a two-way street, so be ready to offer up your fantastic voyage as well. Building authentic connections based on mutual respect and shared interests creates a solid foundation for long-lasting relationships.

But Also Be Prepared with Your Elevator Pitch

In a coworking space bustling with professionals, it's essential to be prepared with a concise and compelling pitch about your business or other creative venture. Your pitch should effectively communicate the brilliance that is you, what you do, and what value you bring to the table. Keep it concise, engaging, and memorable. A well-crafted elevator pitch will not only help you introduce yourself confidently but also pique the interest of others, opening up opportunities for further discussion and potential collaborations.

Attend Events and Meetups

Many coworking spaces organize networking events and meetups to help increase interaction among their members. Take advantage of these opportunities to make new connections and expand your network. Whether it's a papier mâche art sesh, a panel conversation, or a simple social hour, these events are intentionally designed to encourage collaboration and spark meaningful conversations, so be proactive and make the most of them. “I originally joined femme x when I was new to Columbia and wanted to socialize with like minded women. Now that I am starting my own business, I am shocked at how my business connections are growing exponentially with each event I attend. I have never been comfortable attending traditional networking events, but this community creates a safe, organic space to grow your business,” says femme x member Sherri Garrett, of The Earlewood Studio

Leverage A Space’s Online Communities

Last week we talked about how to make the most of a Slack group. The femme x Slack group is a treasure trove of knowledge, expertise, and support. By actively participating in the group, you tap into a diverse community of professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives who are eager to share their insights, experiences, and resources. Whether you need advice on a business challenge, recommendations for service providers, or simply want to spark meaningful conversations, the Slack group is your go-to destination for building an invaluable network of resources.

So again, how can you leverage the community in a coworking space to expand your professional circle effectively? Just show up! You will know the community's right for you when you leave feeling like you were seen, heard and celebrated for just being you!

Cover Photo By Megan Renee Creative

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