For the past few weeks, I have been encouraging web conferencing in my blog. However, there are some disadvantages to web conferencing that I would like to address. Here’s a list of reasons why it’s better to meet in person than “hang out” on Google Handouts.
Many people work in cubicles and as a result, are unable to have a private conversation. If web conferences are held from a cubicle at the office, people may feel reluctant to share important information. On the other hand, if the meeting was held in person at a local coffee shop, clients and colleagues may be willing to share more.
It is very important that business meetings are focused on achieving a goal; however, it is equally important to establish relationships. You can build relationships much more naturally when meeting in person instead of communicating over email, phone, or web conference. Walking over to a colleagues cubicle to talk about your favorite food or plans for the weekend is what really strengthens relationships and creates trust between people in the workplace.
The way you carry yourself and the way you dress says a lot about you as a person. When web conferencing, you typically can only see someone’s face and shoulders, meaning that you cannot see what that person is wearing, how they are sitting or what they are doing with their hands. Therefore, it is much harder to leave a strong impression when communicating with someone over web conferencing.
You can find out a lot about a person by visiting their workplace. If your work is B2B, it is extremely helpful to visit clients in their workplace. You can get a feel for their company culture, see if employees are happy and see how quickly they work. From there, you can alter your business plan to better suit their business environment and needs.
Less personal. Meeting with someone in person is much more personal. It can also make the person you are meeting with feel more important.