This year there are over a DOZEN coworking conferences scheduled to take place this year alone. So many I literally can’t keep track any more.
In this episode you’re going to learn how my teammate Sam Abrams not only had a great time but learned a LOT at her first conference last fall.
This episode one part “recap” of the inaugural GCUC Canada and one part action steps that YOU can take to make sure that you leave any conference you go to with more than your moneys’ worth.
Key Quotes and Takeaways
- [15:22] "Let's stop preaching to the choir about how awesome coworking is."
- [29:04] “It’s not luck…it’s by design.”
- [60:55 ] "It helped hearing how others do it and consider adapting their process for yourself....or just completely challenging your own process to see if it still makes sense.”
My question for you is: have you been to a conference? Why or why not?
(Especially if you haven’t…PLEASE listen to this episode and tell me what you think about making this your first year of joining one of these events. Which one will you go to?)
While every industry has events (and I’ve been to my fair share), coworking conferences are particularly unique in a lot of ways, especially when the coworking core values are in play.
The people who attend are so generous with what they know (and can save you so much time and heartache trying to figure things out on your own), and everyone I meet is excited to meet other people “get” what they’re trying to do without another long-winded explanation of what coworking is.
My 2016 Conference Schedule (so far)
One of my favorite parts about going to conferences is meeting YOU, listeners of the show and readers of my website.
I’d love to meet you this year, and I have two specific events that I want to see you at in the first half of the year:
Where: Bali - Coworking Asia - February 24-28
I was SO BUMMED to miss this event last year due to a shoulder injury and only be able to do a virtual Q&A over Google Hangouts.
This year I’ll be there in person. YES!
(Also, if you’re like me and currently staring at 2 feet of snow on the east coast, a week in Bali sounds pretty good right about now.)
Don’t miss my Communtiy Building Workshop on the 24th, my lightning talk about coworking mistakes on the 25th, and my keynote (I’m bringing some serious fire to this one) on the 26th.
Where: ANYWHERE - People At Work Summit - April 21st
I’m RIDICULOUSLY excited to be sharing this with you. My team and I at Indy Hall have been working on something very special.
First - yes you read that right, this is a conference you can join from anywhere. The People At Work Summit is an entirely online event, spanning 24 hours and the entire world.
No airplanes. No trains. No hotels.
This is not a collection of live streams. We’re creating a brand new experience from the ground up that builds on the best from every conference we’ve ever been to, adding in some of Indy Hall’s “magic,” and with a VERY big focus on accessibility.
We will have owners AND staff of coworking spaces joining. We will have MEMBERS of coworking spaces joining.
Coworking Conference veterans and newbies alike, this is going to be a blast. We’ll be announcing details about format, our schedule and speakers, and releasing our first batch of tickets over the next few weeks.
Sign up to get reminders about when tickets are available, and to get preview interviews with our speakers, at http://peopleatworksummit.com
Links mentioned in this episode
- Shareable link to 2016 confs
- Live stream from last year’s CU Asia Q&A
- Sam Abrams Photography
- GCUC Canada schedule
- What is an Unconference?
- Previous Coworking Conference Recaps: Episode 5 and Episode 6 Live from Coworking Europe
- Steve King on the show: Episode 13
- Indy Hall Arts Instagram
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