Is the day of the face-to-face meeting dead?
It seems that so many people would rather email, text or tweet. I for one, am a fan of the old school face to face and when that’s not possible, a real-time, phone conversation.
It is way to easy to volley a shot via email or send a quick text. And, there are many circumstances where that is just fine. Examples:
Joe- “Will you be at the 2pm meeting today?
Ann- “Yes, see you then!”
Joe- “Have you had a chance to review my white paper?”
Ann- “Not yet but will do so this evening and get back to you.”
But when we are trying to make decisions, debate a topic, especially when it could be a harder conversation, when people don’t agree or there is a problem to be solved, face to face is critical! There is far too much context. Tone can be mis-construed. The list goes on and on!
I will always push for a real time, real live, meeting. Old school maybe but I’ll always be old school in this realm. I can text, tweet and email with the best of them but there is a time and place for everything!