Choosing a coworking space is a great option when working from home or the local coffee shop leaves you uninspired and distracted. It is also a great opportunity to build valuable relationships with like-minded people. Take full advantage of Launch Workplaces by interacting with one another to grow your business one connection at a time!
For those who dread networking, here are 5 casual ways your can start making connections every day at work:
1. Initiate Casual & Friendly Conversations
It’s as simple as that! Whether in the kitchen or the elevator, start up a casual conversation with at least one person every day, and before you know it you will have a handful of new relationships. Valuable conversations don’t all have to revolve around business; in fact, waiting for an opportune moment to pitch your work is always better than jumping straight into it. Not only will these conversations help you learn more about people on a more personal level, but they will show that you’re approachable. Down the line one of these individuals may suggest you to a friend in need of your services, or come to you for advice, solely because they like you as a person!
2. Look for Work Trades
This is a networking opportunity that will benefit both parties. If you know that someone in your coworking space is a great graphic designer, and you’re in need of some killer business cards, try to think of a way you can help them in exchange for their services. It’s a great way to gain exposure and save money. And don’t forget that knowledge is also valuable: if you believe you can offer someone advice to help them grow their business, you should go out of your way to do so. Down the line that person may do the same for you.
3. Take a Break for Food or Drinks
Launch Workplaces is located in a prime area for socializing over drinks and gourmet food. Just outside our Gaithersburg office, you’ll find a huge variety of restaurants and bars. If you don’t feel comfortable networking during the workday, then lunch breaks or happy hours are the perfect solution. Extend an invite to other members and talk in a more casual setting.
4. Attend Organized Events
Here at Launch Workplaces we offer a myriad of events to foster networking and good times! This month alone we’re offering numerous holiday luncheons and professional events, like Business Essentials with Sandy Spring Bank. By making a point to attend both social and professional events in your coworking space, you will get the most out of your community.
(For a full schedule of LaunchEvents click here.)
We hope that these tips will give you confidence to network with ease at Launch Workplaces. Now’s the time to join forces with your talented neighbors!
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