I love social media as much as anyone. In part because the introvert in me loves to sit at my computer researching and soaking up information. I like to nose around and see what others are doing, and take my time to try to craft and post interesting conclusions and observations based on trends in different industries.
But there is also nothing quite as satisfying as having a really nice conversation with another business person you have met before, or maybe are just meeting for the first time, and you just click about something you are both interested in. Or to hear a colleague’s perspective in conversation, and have it resonate with something someone else just said, or that you read. And because you are having a conversation, this insight becomes real, and it is part of the story of that person, so you remember it, and it becomes part of you and your knowledge about the world.
I spent a few hours today at the Plymouth Business Show, and remembered again the benefits of meeting people in person: Seeing old colleagues again to catch up with new news; and meeting new interesting people. That personal connection is what I also love about coworking – the ability to be an introvert getting lost in my research, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of other people working around me who love what they are doing too. We bring different perspectives, but we are all working away on our own businesses, with clients, and deadlines, and hurdles to jump. We all understand the self-employed journey, and offer suggestions if requested, commiserate over tough choices, and shout whoo-hooo when one of us wins new work.
It is the social part, the community, and the connections that keep us and our businesses sustained over time, that make the hard work enjoyable, and allow us to thrive.
Did I mention you should come check out THINQTANQ? That is where all this magic happens every weekday here in Plymouth. We’d love to have you come for a visit and see if we can help you thrive too. Drop by anytime, we’ll offer you a cuppa and show you around. If you want a specific invitation, come to our Plymouth Business Networking group meeting here next Wednesday morning 18 June, 10 am-12 noon. Free, friendly and low-stress. No presentations, just conversations. If that sounds good to you, just let me know you’re coming.
Meantime enjoy the GLORIOUS weather!