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!...

Why networking can save baby boomers

Are you one of those many baby boomers who have lost their job? Or are you between 50 and 65 and afraid you will be made redundant soon? If networking has always been your lifestyle, at least over the past few years, you shouldn’t worry too much. For at least three reasons.   Job search is shorter When they apply for job openings in a traditional way, most baby boomers get rejected because of their mature age and high salary expectations. On the contrary, if they apply through their network, they will be more successful. Whether they get informed by their contacts about vacancies that are not public (yet) or they apply themselves and get recommended afterwards, pre-qualification is involved, which generate trust in the recruiter.   Starting your own business is easier More and more baby boomers who have lost their job start their own business. Most of them have always been great networkers. And this is not a case. Indeed, most of the times their network is the very reason why they decided to start their own business: their first clients, partners and promoters are contacts they have known for years. Moreover, their networking skills make them great sellers and business developers, which allows for them to reach strangers too.   A new job might not be needed Most successful people just happen to be great networkers. It goes without saying that if you’ve always led a networking lifestyle, you’re probably successful, and thus wealthy. And if you’ve reached financial freedom, you might decide not too look for a new job   Baby boomer and never networked? Go start now! Not a baby boomer? Do it anyway: it’s...
Great networker? These are the professions you should be in

Great networker? These are the professions you should be in

New year, new career? Great at networking and want to do something with it? Or simply after a platform where you can improve your networking skills? There are at least six professions you should consider.   Public relations Publicists are the networkers par excellence. In order to have journalists write about their brands, publicists have to do much more than simply writing press releases: they have to build relationships and nurture them by carefully selecting whom they want to share which pieces of news with. Pretty often, they even go as far as spoiling journalists with luxurious events and gadgets!   Journalist It goes without saying that journalists build relationships with publicists. Moreover, almost like detectives, they talk with anybody who can provide them with hot news. If you want to make friends with a journalist, make sure you dispose of information nobody else has, and you are delivering only to them, on time and to the point. They will love you forever!   Event Manager People in this role coordinate a variety of stakeholders: companies, organisations, venues, caterers, technicians, musicians, guests and the media. Every event happens only once, so it’s unique. This involves a different concept every time, and thus always different people collaborating. Therefore, the network of event managers is constantly expanding.   Venue manager Venue managers collaborate a lot with event managers and all the other above-mentioned professionals. Also, they constantly deal with customers, some changing every day and some being regular guests. Venue managers will especially build relationships with the latter, but with their socials skills they will try to persuade the former to...