As soon as I started getting into the swing of working on content for my blog, I began considering how I could expand my focus and work with more people, to create more.
Now, I’m certainly not an expert on the topic, but I love working with people on different projects and I’m lucky enough to have collaborated with other (amazing) creators on various types of content including photo shoots, podcasts, guest posts, interviews and more.
Working with people is a great way to feel inspired, share ideas, step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. You never know, you might discover something that you love doing!
If you’re interested in branching out and collaborating with others (on any kind of project, even if it’s just for fun!), here’s some of my top tips and things that have helped me to engage with more people.
Be brave and send a message
Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and send someone a message about an idea you’ve had, or to let them know that you’d love to be involved with something that they’re working on. It can be a bit daunting, but the worst that can happen is that they say no.
The recent Travel Goals podcast I recorded came about simply because I sent Pip a message letting her know that I’d love to be a guest and well, now I have been! Be optimistic and go for it, you never know what could happen.
Seek out opportunities
Look out for opportunities to meet and connect with people who are creating in a similar field to you. It will help to expand the network of people that you can reach out to, to discuss new ideas.
You can also use social media to find out if anyone else is actively looking to work with someone on a new project or fun collaboration.
Talk to friends and family
If you’re not quite ready to start approaching people, why not speak to friends or family about doing something together? For example, I spoke to my brother about interviewing him for a piece on my blog and he was really open to the idea and happy to help.
Hopefully your loved ones will want to support you and your ideas, and they might enjoy getting involved too – so start that conversation. It well help you to build up the confidence to reach out to more people in the future.
Join local creative groups
Creative groups are a great way to meet people who are most likely to want to work with you on an idea or project. For example, is there a blogger group that runs in your area that you could get involved with? Perhaps there’s a book club, an interesting workshop or a networking event you could attend?
Take a look at what is happening near you and see if you can go along. These are great environments to talk to people about your thoughts and ideas.
Share that you’re open to collaborating
There might be people looking at what you’re doing and thinking that you’d be a great person to create with, but if they don’t know you’re open to it then it might never happen!
It’s a good idea to just put it out there that you’re happy to talk about ideas and collaborate with others – even if that’s just posting about it on social media or adding a note to your blog.
Try something new
Getting involved with something new is a really good way to discover different types of creative projects that you might want to get involved with. This could be anything, from an art workshop to solo travel, to going to a show or trying a dance class. It’s anything that gets you excited, inspired or out of your normal routine!
Putting yourself into a creative frame of mind and environment can encourage you to try new ways of working, speak to new people and come up with new ideas for the type of content you’d like to create.
What are your tips for collaborating with others?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on working with people on creative projects and how you put yourself out there. Let me know in the comments!