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What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 1 February 7, 2011

Posted by Roger Rickard in Meetings.
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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 one:

  1. Allows you to engage in and observe verbal as well as nonverbal behavioral styles that are not captured through other communication devices. The nuances of body language are a key component of this feature. Whether they are facial/hand gestures or voice tone, quality and volume; these are not captured in e-mail, chat rooms or virtual meetings. Even while using videoconferencing you cannot capture all the dynamics of the group members, like the expression of others while one member is talking.

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.