One of the many benefits of shared workspaces is that it gives you a chance to connect to like-minded professionals. While we know that networking is important, sometimes we forget that genuine connections can be far more valuable than meeting people who end up being added on LinkedIn with no further contact. Working in a space that inspires collaboration provides a unique opportunity to meet people from various industries. If you’re looking to make meaningful connections, you need to put in a little effort. The good news is that you don’t have to work too hard once you know how to go about connecting with your fellow co-working members.

Making Authentic Connections at Co-Working Spaces

These tips should get you on track to making genuine connections when working at co-working spaces like Co.Unity.

Attend Community Events

Many spaces host events, such as workshops, talks and social gatherings. Participating actively in these events is one of the best ways to meet new people and establish professional relationships. Look out for any upcoming events and do your best to make time to attend.

Make Use of Common Areas

At Co.Unity, our on-site coffee shop is the perfect place to meet people. Communal spaces where people gather during breaks are ideal for striking up casual conversations that can lead to deeper connections. If you go to the space on the same days of the week or month, you’ll soon get to know other regulars.

Offer Help and Collaborate

If you have skills or expertise that could benefit others, offer your help. Collaboration is a core principle of co-working communities, and contributing to others’ projects can forge strong bonds. What goes around, comes around, too. This means that you may have other professionals provide you with advice and opportunities.

Be Open and Approachable

Don’t forget to follow basic etiquette while working at a shared workspace. Be friendly, don’t disturb other members, stay professional, and remember that you are working in a community environment. It’s also essential to be approachable and invite other members to interact. That could mean striking up conversations while grabbing a cup of coffee, asking and answering questions and even sitting down for a chat during a break.

Don’t Lose Touch

After making new contacts, make sure you follow up so that you don’t lose touch. Send a thank you message if you’ve gotten advice, make plans for another coffee break, arrange to coordinate your work schedules to work together again, connect on professional networks like LinkedIn, and see what comes from your new connection.

From networking to collaboration, Co.Unity offers the perfect shared workspace to connect with like-minded professionals.

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