How to Make the Most of GCUC: 9 Tips for New Coworking Operators
GCUC is a great opportunity for the coworking community to connect and learn.
Coworking space operators, industry service providers, real estate professionals, workspace consultants and the coworking curious all gather in one place to listen, share, talk, learn and expand our understanding of the quickly-evolving workspace ecosystem.
For new space operators, there’s a lot to learn at GCUC. It can be a bit like drinking from a firehose if you don’t have a strategy. As longtime GCUC sponsors and workspace industry veterans, the Satellite Deskworks team has a few tips to help you navigate the conference and make the most of it.
1. Introduce Yourself
Don’t be shy. The GCUC crowd tends to be open and friendly. Say hello, introduce yourself, start conversations. The side connections and friendships you’ll make will be invaluable as you grow your business and familiarize yourself with the global coworking movement.
2. Participate in Everything
The key to a great GCUC experience is to participate! Join conversations, go to the happy hours and afterhours parties and events, pitch unconference topics, share your experience, ask questions and generally show up!
3. Suggest Unconference Topics
This tip deserves repeating. The GCUC unconference is your opportunity to talk about topics you want to talk about with coworking pioneers and workspace veterans. Someone in the room will be able to answer any questions you have. Pitch a topic, choose the unconference sessions that are relevant to your space, and take advantage of the immense knowledge and experience of the other participants.
4. Talk with GCUC Sponsors, Vendors and Service Providers
If a vendor or service provider is at GCUC, it’s because they have something that may benefit you in your space and community. Don’t be shy. Talk with vendors, see what they offer and how they can help. GCUC is a great opportunity to get demos, see products and services first-hand, and meet the people who create them.
The Deskworks team will be there to answer any questions you have about coworking software, automating your coworking space, our new mobile app, our meeting room tablet app, the new Deskworks interface and more.
5. Ask Questions
As a new coworking space operator, you likely have lots of questions. At GCUC, you’ll discover you have even more questions than you thought. Take advantage of the brainpower and experience at the gathering by asking questions of fellow attendees, space operators, speakers and sponsors.
6. Follow Up with People
After GCUC, you’ll likely have a handful of people you’d like to stay in touch with and further your conversation. Don’t wait to follow up with them, because doing so will fall off your todo list if you wait too long. Within a few days of getting home, reach out to people you found interesting, helpful, knowledgeable or inspiring. Coworking is a close-knit community of people who are generally friendly and accessible.
7. Make a GCUC Plan
What is your intention at GCUC? What do you want to learn? Who do you want to connect with? What questions do you have? What challenges are you facing? What do you have to offer? Asking yourself these questions ahead of time will help you clarify what you want to get out of the conference, and help you stay on-track during the event.
8. Get Curious
Be open to learning new things and hearing from people you might not normally gravitate toward. Even if it seems like a panel or discussion has nothing to do with you, give it a try. If it’s really not for you, you can always leave find something else that is for you.
9. Enjoy Yourself
GCUC is a big coworking conference. It’s also a fun gathering of people, many of whom are trying to bring people together and do good work in the world. There are silly elements of GCUC and lots of opportunities to meet amazing people and make new friends. So enjoy yourself and be sure to visit us at the Satellite Deskworks booth.
See you there!