25 Jan Why Face-to-Face Meetings Are Better.
We’re big believer in face-to-face meetings. More can be gained from IRL meetings and we miss them! We’re not saying don’t use platforms like Zoom, we have no choice at the moment. But we are saying that we should never completely stop having face-to-face meetings, especially in the early, formative stages of a relationship where you are getting to know each other.
We are all time deprived, and whilst there is a lot of commentary about how meetings can be a waste of time right now, how much time is actually wasted by poor communication over email and Zoom?
Here are our ten main reasons that face-to-face is best:
- You’re able to read the body language of the other people in the room, which often sends a very different message to what their words are saying. Non-verbal communication is far more important than the words being said, and being able to see this IRL is hugely valuable.
- In face-to-face meetings, the conversation is less laboured and to the point, meaning it can tend to go in different directions more naturally, and this can lead to more opportunities.
- It’s much easier to engage with people when sitting across from them, face to face. We can laugh, hear each other clearly, make a comment about something in the office or something we’ve seen on the way in and so forth.
- We don’t have the issues associated with the technology of virtual meetings, like camera problems, connection issues, wasting 10 minutes trying to get the microphone to work and so on.
- Face to face meetings tend to feel “clearer”. The key points are clear; the issues are clear and who needs to do what from this point on is clear. Virtual meetings can feel a bit foggy and less defined.
- It’s much easier to build relationships through face-to-face meetings than it is with virtual meetings. And relationships are, without a doubt, the key to any kind of long-term business success.
- It’s a lot easier to brainstorm face to face with a whiteboard and post-it’s than to do over a virtual meeting platform.
- You can make more of an impression face to face, based on how you conduct yourself in the meeting, even your computer/pens etc. This is a big part of our personal brand, whether you like it or not.
- It’s easier to have some small talk when face to face, you can get a lot of information out of a few minutes of small talk which can help with building relationships.
- Last but not least, it is always better to have hard conversations face-to-face. So much gets lost in translation otherwise, and a small problem can grow in a big problem simply because we didn’t make an effort to meet with someone face-to-face to talk through the issue and work out a solution.
It’s becoming easier every day not to have face to face meetings when things go back to normal, that doesn’t mean we should. Let’s get meeting again : )