Discover the key reasons why face-to-face collaboration will always be critical for business. With so many new technologies available for us to communicate, nothing can replace the value of meeting face-to-face.
More than half of message interpretation is from facial
expression and body language. (Forbes)
Even as technology increases the methods we have to
communicate with one another, nothing can replace the
value of a face-to-face conversation.
James Borg, author of Body Language, says that human
communication consists of 93% body language and
paralinguistic cues, while only 7% consists of words.
Someone who is frequently checking their watch or yawning
would tell you it’s time to wrap things up, and someone
nodding and sitting forward let’s you know they’re invested.
Body language takes out much of the guesswork.
Reading Body Language
You can also use non-verbal communication to your
advantage. Here’s a tip:
"Writing" Body Language
Waiting in the lobby to join an important meeting? Put the
mobile device away and read a newspaper–doing so will
encourage a “power pose” and project confidence. (Forbes)
Forbes surveyed 760
business executives and
found that 84% preferred
Out of those, 85% said their
reason was that it builds
stronger, more meaningful
Making eye contact is crucial to
show sincerity and establish a firm
connection. The result is especially
valuable when trying to create a
lasting business relationship.
Things Get Done
When an issue arises that needs a decision, face-to-face
enables you to reach a consensus more quickly. One simple, 5-
minute conversation can eliminate 15 back and forth emails.
Oftentimes there’s a momentum that results from group face-
to-face collaboration. People are more willing to engage, build
off of each other’s creative energy–and don’t sit back on mute
and read emails.
“Great, this is just what I need.”
Sarcasm can be difficult to detect in written, non-verbal, and
sometimes even verbal communication. On the other hand,
when speaking face-to-face there is less chance of
perceiving a statement to be rude or sarcastic when that
wasn’t the intention.
The result? Meeting face-to-face helps to eliminate
misunderstandings, and therefore conditions trust.
Increased Time : Value Ratio
Meeting face-to-face by video conferencing offers the benefits
of meeting in-person, without the significant travel expenses.
Read Cloud-Based Video Conferencing For Dummies
to learn how to use cloud-based video conferencing
creatively within your business.