One of the things that I love most about blogging is that it has given me the opportunity to get together with other people and work on something fun together. From running events, to content creation and more – collaborating creatively with someone else is a great way to take a project to the next level and see what you are capable of!
I got thinking about this after collaborating with the fabulous Chouchou on a brand new hood, which we launched over the weekend (and FYI, if you happen to be cruising through Princes Square, you can currently see it displayed in the window of Wear Eponymous!). This recent project was a true joint effort, and we were both involved at each stage of the process to make sure we were happy with the outcome. I’ll be sharing some photos of the Hollyhood Miss West End Girl very soon, but in the meantime I’d like to talk today about the magic you can make when working with others.
Remember, collaborating doesn’t always need to be a large-scale project, or even blog-related, it could be anything from making a ‘zine with your bestie to organising a bake sale with your colleagues at the office. But no matter the size, there are a few things that you can do to help make your idea a success! So, here are my top 5 tips for collaborating with that others…
1. Agree what you are setting out to do – what is your end game? For example, are you creating a product, raising awareness or maybe hosting a party? It’s important that from the very beginning, everyone involved understands what the brief is and what to expect from each other. No-one likes to feel like the goal posts have been changed.
2. Be honest with each other – think about how you would expect to be treated and be realistic (and reasonable!) with things like time scales and how you are feeling. If you’re worried about something, tell each other, and if you’re thrilled about a piece of work, share those feelings too!
3. Communicate – I can’t stress how important this one is! Depending on what your project involves, it might be worth setting up regular meetings or email updates. If you aren’t able to meet in person, take advantage of other ways of speaking such as Skype and a good ol’ fashioned phone call. Make sure that everyone involved has a chance to speak or ask questions so that you’re on the same page every step of the way.
4. Play on each other’s strengths (and celebrate ’em too!) – you might discover pretty early on that one of you is a whizz with budget calculations, while the other has the gift of the gab! Whatever your skills are, take advantage of where you have a kickass talent and put it to good use. And if one of you does an amazing job on a particular task, be sure to acknowledge it!
5. Have fun and enjoy the ride – because, DUH! It’s so important to enjoy what we are doing, and if you’ve decided to get together with someone and create something awesome, that means you get to appreciate the journey with company (and that’s pretty great, right?). I’ll never forget the feeling of putting on my first event with a local brand a couple of years back – more people turned up, giggled with us and set Twitter alight with their thoughts than I could have ever imagined. And after the last guest left, we closed the doors and felt ELATED. Like, we did it, you guys! Savouring those moments with others makes all the work worthwhile.
These are just a few things I think it’s important to keep in mind when collaborating with others, in order to get the best out of your project (and each other!). Working as part of a team always has the potential to have hiccups, but I really believe that remaining positive and sticking to these points will help you stay on track and create something you’ll be proud of.
Now, go get ’em, tiger!
Have you ever worked on a group or joint project? What are your top tips for collaborating with others?
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