2013 has already proved to be a wonderful year for me. Not only from a business perspective but also the people I have been meeting. And it reinforced my belief that if you want opportunities you have to get out and get talking!
Social media for all its greatness (and I do love it) is just one form of communication and I believe it is really important that we don’t lose sight of the benefits meeting people face to face has. The interaction you get when you go out and talk with people is, from my point of view, far more engaging than online conversations and being able to watch body language is key to understanding what the other person might really be thinking and feeling.
I was having a similar conversation with a business associate recently and during our discussion, we got onto the art of communication, whether it be face to face, in writing or social media. With both of us having adult children we spoke of the future and whether our children’s children would have the ability to converse at a high level in interviews and in the workplace away from the technology they know and love. And furthermore, would they ever enjoy the art of writing as we did (and still do) – with a pen!
I’m all for change, development and growth but I also believe in blending the old with the new so I encourage you to get out and get talking. If you have children encourage them to do the same, not only on a social level but for work opportunities, business building and connecting to our world.
How do you do most of your communicating – online or face to face? Either way…