Several years ago, shortly after the internet was invented, the association and hospitality industries were very worried they would become dinosaurs because people no longer needed to meet in person. I must admit as we all have more demands in our lives, professional and personal – connecting with people through the internet as opposed to traveling to connect has some appeal. We certainly are utilizing advances in technology to connect more often with members of our association partners through webinars, virtual committee meetings and more. However, as time has passed, virtual meetings don’t seem to have taken over just yet. Here are a few reasons why I think people will always need to meet face to face – at least occasionally:
1. Business is all about relationships. Relationships require some personal contact.
2. People like a change of scenery.
3. You can’t read the body language of all the people in the room when you’re meeting virtually.
4. Marketing works and the hospitality industry wants us to travel to meetings.
These are some of my thoughts. Do you have any to add to the list? Do you think face to face meetings are going to be extinct? Let me know what you think.