Happiness & Wellbeing

The Power of Networking in Flexible Workspaces: Building Meaningful Connections

By Lucy | 16 October 2023

Networking! Important to most of us, a fear for some of us, and an advantage to all of us. A pillar of success in the business world, nurturing relationships throughout your career is something that has grown in importance in the last decade.

Yet, the idea of networking is scary to many of us, with the challenge lying in finding the right platform or the right space to meet people, share ideas and build those authentic connections.

You might know what we’re going to say – flexible workspaces are a great place to build those authentic connections that, even if they don’t turn into anything professionally, could become long-term friendships, and who wouldn’t want that?

But why should you, and how can you look to build your network, especially in flexible workspaces?

1. Find Your Tribe

Networking isn’t just about collecting as many contacts as possible, it can be about finding your tribe. In a flexible workspace like Wizu, you’ll encounter diverse communities made up of individuals from various backgrounds. This colourful variation is a goldmine for anyone looking to connect with like-minded professionals who share their vision and values.

2. A space for meaningful connections

Have you ever been to an event where the networking felt stunted? Those that often led to shallow interactions, where you just connect on LinkedIn and proceed to never speak again? Well, at a workspace, the environment encourages the formation of more authentic connections, with the opportunity to chat during member events and in the shared workspaces.

3. Networking for Professional Growth

What might start out as a friendly chat could turn into a discussion about your work and potentially what you could share in terms of expertise. Cross-industry collaboration can be almost effortless, leading to new opportunities and professional growth.

4. Creating a bit of brain space

Flexible workspaces are all about creating more work life balance, and being in a new environment that helps you separate work from home. Just by supporting this, workspaces enhance overall wellbeing, and therefore can make networking more enjoyable, and potentially even something you might consider because you have a bit more brain space to do so.

5. Tips for fun but effective networking

Networking skills can be honed, but the main thing is you should just be having fun getting to know people. If you did want to up your game, setting some clear goals on how you want to network and who with, alongside building an elevator pitch about who you are and what you do is a great place to start!

The only thing left to say is – why not dip your toe in? Joining a workspace can be a great way to create a new community related to work, outside of work!

 

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