Virtual meetings are fantastic—they’re convenient, supremely useful, and an ever-growing aspect of modern business. They have so many features today, it seems like a face-to-face meeting would be hard-pressed to compete.
Well, appearances can be deceiving.
Have you ever participated in a virtual meeting? It usually ends up with half the meeting doing something else, and miscommunication abounds. Attendance is, at best, halfhearted, and it usually won’t receive the same reception that a face-to-face meeting ensures.
In a traditional meeting, engagement is 100%; distractions are kept to a minimum. Technical mishaps simply don’t occur; you won’t have connection issues trying to talk to someone when they’re sitting across the table from you.
95% of communication is non-verbal. It doesn’t make sense to hold meetings where you only get across 5% of your message- you’re missing out on the vast majority of cues that really determine how the meeting goes. There’s a reason why teams with in-person collaboration are always more successful than remote workers—the remote collaboration prevents people from connecting.
It makes sense to hold your meetings somewhere you can actually interact with your team- you’ll end up with total engagement, no misunderstandings, and a more successful outcome than any online software could dream of providing, guaranteed.
Here’s an idea: come into The Rostie Group for a tour of our meeting facilities, in person, and you’ll see the difference face-to-face actually makes.
The Rostie Group is located at 20 Bay Street, WaterPark Place, 11th Floor, Toronto, with access to Union Station via PATH.