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What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 9 February 17, 2011

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What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Why is it important to meet face-to-face?

Psychologically there are a number of positive values about face-to-face meetings that cannot usually be achieved as well through other forms of communication. Here is part nine:

9.      What is the norm of the organization? Face-to-face meetings provide strong vehicles for participants to learn the comparative norm of the organization as well as its distinctive culture.  People learn within organizations by observing how others behave and exhibit emotions. These norms provide information such as the value and meaning of showing up on time. How to conduct oneself within the organization. Who has the power within the organization? What is reinforced? What is rewarded? What is punished? These are examples of things people learn in face-to-face meetings, which might not be apparent in electronically-based communication devices.

I NEED YOUR HELP! I am gathering information for a project which I am writing on the value of, and perception of, face-to-face group meetings. The focus is on the group dynamic of meetings and not on one-on-one, face-to-face sales presentations. During each part of this series, I will share a new positive feature about face-to-face meetings. I want to learn from you, the attendee, on what you achieve and receive from attending face-to-face meetings. I want your perception! Your thoughts! Your value!

Keep sending me all of your comments as they are all welcome. Please feel free to respond publicly here on the blog or privately to roger@reventllc.com.

I want to thank you in advance for your participation in assisting in creating a greater value to face-to-face meetings.