Being the new girl in town isn’t easy. But, one place that’s quickly become my home away from home for is The Wing - West Hollywood.
Few places are entirely pastel-hued, have a wall full of books, serve Calabrian chili oil avocado toast, play SWV’s greatest hits, and will validate you with compliments when they can’t validate your parking because you’ve been there all day and exceeded the daily max.
I’ve been a member of this co-working space since July and love it so far. I admit that I was initially drawn to apply for shallow reasons. Sorry not sorry, the aesthetic drew me in. But what keeps me paying the membership fee month after month is the community I’ve found here just by stepping out of my comfort zone a bit.
If you’re thinking about joining The Wing or any-other co-working space — this isn’t a sponsored post — here’s how to make the most of your membership and find community.
Lose the headphones
Nothing says “I’m unapproachable” like wearing headphones. Well, unless you’re on a subway in New York City. Then, men see headphones as an open invitation to bug you.
Say hi first
I'm a full-blown introvert, so trust me when I say that I know how saying hi first to anyone can be super intimidating. But, the first step in making friends is extending a friendly smile and some kind words. Compliment something the person beside you is wearing. Or their laptop stickers. Or make a joke about the song playing in the background. Even a simple “hey, is anyone sitting here?” may be all it takes to spark up a lifelong friendship.
Go to the events
Co-working spaces don’t just house tables, wifi, and free coffee. Most of them also put on some pretty great events on a variety of topics and featuring a plethora of guests. At The Wing, I’ve been a Girls Trip movie night and laughed with other members about crazy things we did in college over beignets, and attended a WGA writer’s meetup where I met my favorite TV showrunner.
Get to know the staff
This might be one of the most important things to do. Don’t be one of those people who’s too good to talk to the people preparing the food or working at the front desk. They’re often the friendliest people in spite of how rude others are to them. They can make an unfamiliar place quickly feel like home, share any insider tips and tricks, and may even give you a lemonade on the house. #Winning
Are you a member of a co-working space?
Would you join one to meet people? Let me know in the comments!