Making the Most Out of a Coworking Space When Small Talks Isn’t Your Forte

Making the Most Out of a Coworking Space When Small Talks Isn’t Your Forte

07 June 2018

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<p style="text-align: justify;">In a culture used to conventional working situation, the concept of a coworking space may be strange and unheard of. For those who fit into a coworking work habit, the gross emergence is an obvious blessing. Though for those who do not prefer a flexible coworking culture, it may just be a blessing in disguise.&nbsp;</p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;">Open spaces provided in a coworking spaces naturally causes spontaneous interaction between its members. Some coworking spaces even design their spaces specifically so that natural collisions of interaction may happen between the members. These small talks may seem unnecessary, but wouldn&rsquo;t seem so when it may be the reason why you&rsquo;re finally closing that deal. Embrace your introverted self with the following insights to experience fulfilling encounters.&nbsp;</p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;"><b>1. Awkward Collisions May Be Meaningful</b></p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;">First impression isn&rsquo;t easy for everyone, and that definitely includes the person you accidentally meet at a coworking space. With this in mind, having a natural conversation with someone should come easier for you. Furthermore, an interesting fact revealed that at some cases, members of a coworking space largely consist of introverts. With that being said, it&rsquo;s important to always embrace those awkward initial meet-ups, because more often than not, everyone is in the same boat when it comes to first impressions. Instilling elements of humor and empathy during your encounter with another individual can also help create a laid-back relationship.</p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;"><b>2. Get To Know Your Community Quickly &amp; Easily</b></p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;">One thing that differentiates a coworking space with your conventional office is the community nurtured within the environment. Because the community is an integral value of a coworking space, it has also become a value members or potential members are looking for. In turn, community managers play a significant role by being the most knowledgeable person about members and their needs. Reaching out to community managers to connect you with a mutually beneficial member or group is a shortcut to knowing the community without initiating the encounter yourself. Furthermore, communities also often organizes events that would gather members to make it easier for a natural networking window of opportunity. For instance at EV Hive, the Ramadhan season is filled with iftar events where members are gathered to welcome the break fasting moment together.</p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;"><b>3. Initiate Meaningful Talks Over Light Chit-chats</b></p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;">Small talks can get quiet dull and repetitive, especially if you have to do it over and over with a different conversing partner. Though it is acceptable as an introduction to your discussion, it is recommended for you to escalate the conversation to a more meaningful one when an opportunity comes. When you start talking about matters that are more significant and unique to your own problems, it leaves a far lasting impression on you and your discussing partner.&nbsp;</p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>4. Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone</strong></p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;">This might sound extremely cliche, but it definitely works. Challenge yourself at times by taking the liberty at creating those initial encounters. The effort could be as simple as smiling or greeting another member you pass by. You don&rsquo;t have to build meaningful relationship and conversation right then and there. The simple gestures may just become your introduction to a future relationship to make it easier for you later. Taking these little steps is important, but keep in mind you will also need to recharge yourself at times. So be sure to not force yourself to always take up significant challenges, and just seek brilliance on your own pace.</p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;"><b>5. Ultimately, It Is All For Why You&rsquo;re Here</b></p>

 

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<p style="text-align: justify;">Remember, these painful yet necessary encounters are for the greater good, that is your business. You&rsquo;re here at a coworking space to enjoy its full benefit in facilitating you with a networking opportunity like no other spaces can offer. Go ahead in full speed, and enjoy maximum advantage to grow your enterprise even bigger.</p>

 

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