Tips for Meeting Hallers!

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There are literally HUNDREDS of Friendly Faces at Indy Hall. One thing this community isn’t short on is smiles.

Especially when you’re new, Indy Hall can be a lot to take in, and it’s not always obvious where to start.

If you’re overwhelmed, remember, you don’t have to meet everybody at once. Stay focused on meeting one or two people at a time.

Don’t be shy, introduce yourself!

It can be intimidating to be the new kid, so here are a few ideas for a quick, easy, and fun introduction:

  • Why did you join Indy Hall? What would you like to learn, what would you like to share? 
  • Tell people where you’re from. Where’s your favorite place you’ve lived? Is there anywhere you want to live?
  • Share something about you that we might not guess. Do you have a hidden talent? Do you have any favorite activities that you like to do with other people? What kind of music do you listen to to get into a good mood?

Trust us when I say that you don’t need to worry about impressing anybody – we just want to get to know you! 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

When you sit down next to people you don’t know, make eye contact and say hi, give them your name and ask for theirs. You can ask questions like, “how long have you been a member?” or “Any tips for a newbie like me?”.

Everyone here is interesting (even if they don’t think so)!

Be patient. Be curious. Be friendly. Be honest.

Slow down, it takes time to build trust

Being a great member of our community happens a bit differently than in some other settings. It’s more organic, less mechanical. This also means that often, it takes time.

Trust is one of the primary currencies at Indy Hall, and it plays a big role in being a kick-ass community member.

Here’s an observation for consideration:

  1. In order to help, someone needs to be ready to accept that help.
  2. In order for people to be ready to accept help, they need to be able to be willing to be vulnerable enough to ask for help.
  3. Being vulnerable requires establishing trust in the source. People are drawn to trusted sources, not authoritative sources
  4. The difference between establishing authority and trust, in our experience, is being able to show some vulnerability yourself.

So with this chain of events in mind, sometimes the best way to be a PROVIDER of help is to first establish trust by receiving help rather than offering it. There are lots of ways to do that, of course, but the most effective ways tend to be small and personal rather than a blast to the entire community.

If a large portion of your participation in the community at Indy Hall will be online, you may find it effective earn trust by listening and engaging in conversations (all the while, remembering the difference between authority and trust mentioned above) rather than trying to jump-start them without that foundation of earned trust.

Community Tip – Start Small

Try framing it this way: instead of trying to help the “members of Indy Hall”, focus on one building relationship at a time. Indy Hall is a special place where we try to make it easier to build relationships before transactions.

Impromptu Events are Cool!

You don’t have to wait for an event to show up on the calendar. Every day at Indy Hall can be an event!

Because they’re not always on the calendar, so keep your eyes open for impromptu gatherings in the kitchen, lounge, gallery, and other common areas. Also, keep a keen eye on GroupBuzz discussions & Discord chatroom for announcements.

Have an idea for getting members together? Awesome! 

Drop us a line at help@indyhall.org with your idea so we can explore your idea, together.

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