How to network in a coworking space

Coworking spaces are the future of work. Solopreneurs, startups and now even corporations operate from them. This makes them one of the best places for networking! Yet how do you network in such an environment? Simply follow these six tipps.   Attend events Firstly, don’t miss the welcome meeting: in it, you will not only discover how the coworking space operates, but you will also meet the community manager and other newbies – who are particularly open to networking, as they do not know anybody yet. Coworking spaces also host lots of events, on a daily basis as well as at multiple times of the day. Make sure you attend them regularly.   Befriend influencers Influencers in a coworking space are not just community managers or staff: they are also its very members. Observe your coworkers: who is going up to the most people? Who is approached by the most members? Who is able to engage them? These are the networkers. These are the connectors. Make sure you befriend them, and ask them to introduce you to other members – possibly other influencers. Don’t forget to add value to them them though!   Be mobile Try to move desks and rooms often, at least once a day. Favour desks in the middle of rooms, or where people pass by. Also, move around, and take the long way to the toilet, the coffee machine, the exit.   Drink coffee Weather in the kitchen, or at the bar: drink coffee! Make sure though that you look around and talk to people while the coffee machine is working for you. Offer your co-members to make coffee for them, even if that means just...

Why you want to network with job seekers

When they meet jobseekers, especially at a networking event, lots of people wrinkle their noses, considering these folks to be needy and takers as opposed to givers. Instead, job seekers are some of the people you should always have in your network. For at least three reasons.   They are networkers Whether they have always been networkers (recommended) or they only became networkers when their job search started, job seekers are actively (and proactively) networking. And there is nothing better than networking with people that actually understand networking in its real essence.   They are up to date Job seekers are very well informed people, and not just about the job market: they continually follow the news, and are refreshing their skills and competences, be it through courses or on their own. Also, as networkers, they are constantly talking to people and thus have a lot of insider knowledge, which will only become public later on, or perhaps never!   You can easily add value to them Whether they are networkers or not, job seekers will appreciate support, probably more than the average person. This way, it will be easier for you to provide value to them, and your efforts will be much more appreciated. And as we know, gratitude often translates into networking karma.   Can you think of any other reason for connecting with job seekers? Let us know!...