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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.

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What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 8 February 16, 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 eight:

8.      Face-to-face business meetings allow for individual attendees to develop strong social relationships among themselves. There are higher levels of importance to shared activities when facilitated face-to-face. The social bonding and showing of commitment by being fully engaging in mutually meaningful experiences. We can all recall with great clarity whom we were with, and what we shared, when we experienced a meaningful interaction in a group setting. What special shared moments can you remember while attending a face-to-face meeting?

 

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.

What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 7 February 15, 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 seven:

7.      Face-to-face business meetings allow for individual attendees to evaluate and judge the integrity, reliability, competencies and skill sets of other participants and leaders in ways that are not easily evaluated within computer or virtual methods. It is comparative human nature, people judge people. Do I fit in with this organization? Do we have similar values and standards? Are they worthy of my trust?

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.

What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 6 February 14, 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 six:

6.      Individual attendees are more inclined to develop social “identities” in terms of group membership with face-to-face contacts. Attending face-to-face meetings help individuals develop clearer understandings of how they themselves “belong” to the organization in which they work. How do they fit in? What is their status among other group members? Most would experience pride when asked to be included in face-to-face meetings with high-level executives or powerful people within organizations. Meetings help organizations define and represent the social entities and relationships within the organization.

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!

Any and all comments are 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.

ASAE asks for our help! Let your voice be heard. February 10, 2011

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To Association Leaders:

Empower your voice to heard.  I have asked audiences to do just that for more than 15 years of promoting advocacy involvement.  Many have learned from my 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates. The 3rd action is, Get on the Record – write to elected officials. Here is a great opportunity, to help influence Congress and support small business in America by simply adding your name to the letter, as you will see below. 

What if you’re not an association leader but would like to voice your support? You can do so by contacting your congressional office directly and asking asking them to support the complete repeal of the new 1099 provision. Not sure how to do this? Contact me at roger@reventllc.com and I will forward you a step-by-step guide to communicating with Congress.

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION from the ASAE Public Policy Department.

Momentum is building in Congress to repeal the 1099 provision.  The Senate has passed an amendment to do just that and the House reportedly will soon pass its own version.  Both chambers expect some form of repeal to be on the President’s desk within weeks.

But the situation is still fluid, so associations need to take action now and push Congress to repeal the new 1099 requirement.

In November, ASAE sent a sign-on letter to Congress urging a repeal of the 1099 provisions.  We are again going to send that letter to the Hill, to show Congress how widespread the support for repealing the new 1099 requirements is within the association community.  Our letter with signatures can be seen here.  If your name is not on the letter and you would like it to be, please complete this form and return it to ASAE by February 14.  If you have signed this letter and would like your signature modified or removed, please send an email to rhay@asaenet.org.  If you want to stay on the letter, do nothing; your name will be among our over 600 going to the Hill!

The association community needs to stand up and be heard: the 1099 expansion hurts productivity, costs unnecessary time and money, and is a major burden on the association community.  Associations support a complete repeal of the new 1099 requirement.

Please contact the Public Policy Department at 202.626.2703 or publicpolicy@asaenet.org with questions or concerns.

What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 2 February 8, 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 two:

2. A big advantage of face-to-face meetings is that they occur in “real-time.” Real-time means that we are all receiving the information at once. Computer generated communications often are delayed because of a variety of reasons: they are not always received; they are sometimes disrupted or delayed by technical problems. Take e-mail as an example. Even if we all received the e-mail communication at the same time, it doesn’t mean we are all able to open and read the e-mail at the same time. One person may be in a meeting, one person may be out sick, one person may be traveling, etc. It is important for all to receive the information in real time; there is no better vehicle than face-to-face meetings.

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!

Any and all comments are 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.

US SENATE PASSES COMMON SENSE SOLUTION FOR BUSINESS OWNERS February 4, 2011

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SENATE PASSES 1099 REPEAL AMENDMENT IN FAA BILL: The Senate on February 2 adopted an amendment to legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repealing the new Form 1099 reporting requirements enacted as part of the health care law.

The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), completely repeals the expanded 1099 reporting requirement in the new health care law and pays for the repeal with unspent appropriated funds, or already appropriated money from various federal agencies, as directed by the Office of Management and Budget. The amendment passed 81-17 with unanimous Republican support and 34 Democrats voting in favor. The bipartisan nature of the vote was in stark contrast to the amendment that would have repealed the entire health care bill, offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which failed on a party-line vote.

“Today we provided a common-sense solution for business owners so they can focus on creating jobs, not filling out paperwork for the IRS,” Stabenow said after the vote. “Since last year, I have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address this problem. If left unchecked, 40 million small businesses would see their IRS 1099 paperwork increase 2,000 percent.”

Work on the overall FAA bill is expected to continue into next week. Because revenue measures must originate in the House, the fate of the amendment is unknown. House Republicans have made 1099 repeal one of their top priorities, but it is unknown if the Stabenow “pay-for” is acceptable to the majority or if the Republican vehicle for passage could also pass the Senate.