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Leading management Associate Professor Vareska van de Vrande from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), says that people could benefit more from co-working spaces. These are her three top tips for professionals and entrepreneurs:

1. Talk to the people around you

Talk to as many people as you can. Associate Professor van de Vrande says this is the key to gaining new and beneficial knowledge. Furthermore, talking to people about your expertise and the projects you've worked on can help in finding a new gig or a temporary project.

2. Create a community feeling

The more people feel they are part of a community, the more likely they are to collaborate and develop their products or services. Feeling part of a professional network will encourage you to learn new entrepreneurial skills, advance your creativity and strengthen your chances of learning new business techniques. Use the lunches and coffee areas at co-working spaces as the perfect opportunity to speak with new people and get involved.

3. Take the public transport to the co-working space

Co-working spaces contribute to a healthier working lifestyle as they are located in central and easy to access locations. Walking or taking the bike will not only help you stay in shape but will also help to tackle wider issues such as pollution and congestion.

Associate Professor Vareska van de Vrande says: “These communities of innovation can play a powerful role in developing businesses and entrepreneurial skills, but also in the development of cities and regions as a whole. People need to show an interest in their environment and what’s happening around them, then have a willingness to contribute to the development of that community if they are to see genuine value manifest from the co-worker lifestyle.“

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For more information regarding Associate Professor Vareska van de Vrande contact:
Rochelle Gayle at: rochelle@bluesky-pr.com or call +44(0)1582 790 711

Note to the editor

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s leading business schools, and ranked among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mind-set into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in Chengdu, China, and Taipei, Taiwan. www.rsm.nl

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