Before delving into the fun, creative events one can host in a coworking space, let’s take a dive into the practical aspects of doing so. It would be a smart move to quickly scan the list below, because the benefits of hosting special events in a shared workspace can be significant.
- Build a strong sense of community
- Provide networking opportunities
- Promote brand awareness
- Generate additional revenue
- Cultivate relationships with others outside one’s sphere
- Attract new customers
- Demonstrate host’s expertise
- Foster a collaborative work environment
- Open doors to professional partnerships
The kind of special events which can be hosted are only limited by the space itself and one’s own imagination. For those who might be having trouble jumpstarting the latter, here are some great ideas:
Not only a good way to start the work day, these could also get early morning creative juices flowing faster: Mexican Fiesta Breakfast, Waffle Wednesdays, French Bistro Breakfast, Bagel Buffet, Celebrate National Doughnut Day, Breakfast Charcuterie, Bacon Bar, Cereal Social, Full English Breakfast. Another event, Get Healthy with Smoothies, could be combined with a yoga session.
Board and video games are great social tools to bring out quieter individuals, those who just might have some great ideas for entrepreneurs swirling around in their heads, but are too shy to discuss them. Give them the opportunity to do that over a game of Monopoly. Pictionary, Qwirkle, Boggle, Trivial Pursuit, Wit’s End, and Risk would work, as well.
When selecting video games, choose those that are easy to comprehend but difficult to master. It’ll encourage people to keep attending game night so they can improve their skills (and keep attendance up). Like board games, choose video games that are for more than two people—opening up to more people means greater interaction and more teamwork. Here are some suggested video games: Overcooked 2, Jackbox Party Pack, Rocket League, and Stardew Valley.
Select a topic, bring in the experts or those who simply have a strong opinion on the issue, and let the discussion begin. This could be the genesis for some powerful brainstorming or simply a way to learn a new subject. Here are some suggested panel topics: AI (in particular, ChatGPT), Remote Work and Coworking Trends, How to Get Financing, Team Building, Diversifying Revenue Streams, Competing in the Digital Age, and Using Social Media to Market New Products. For more thought-provoking topics, see Recent Discussion Topics (this is an incredible list, by the way).
Whether it’s launching a new business, getting the first sale, reaching a revenue goal, entering a partnership, commemorating a company anniversary, expanding to another state, or beginning a collaboration, there are many occasions to celebrate in a coworking space. Doing so is a wonderful way to say, “Thank you!” and “Great job!” It also inspires colleagues in the process and builds that very important community bond.
Not every entrepreneur is a good team leader. Help improve the work environment in a coworking space by hosting workshops that give practical advice, solid problem-solving techniques, and honest feedback. Bring in a leadership consultant to facilitate the workshops and let participants interact with and learn from their peers. Here are some leadership activities to consider.
Craft sessions, storytelling, toys, and games could all be part of special events designed for children. Host a class on STEAM education or celebrate with a holiday party. Keeping kids active and engaged while allowing parents to finish a project or get some uninterrupted work time is a win for everybody. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about coworkers by connecting with their family members. Plus, it gives children an opportunity to learn about their parents’ careers and work sites.
There are so many special events to host and have fun with in a coworking space and the benefits are real. Whether coordinating an event for the first time or a seasoned pro, here are more ideas to consider: