Facing to face discussions move us to act. The ability to look each other in the eye, and to convey and interpret emotions through body language and facial expressions, makes the exchange more personal than any other platform. Email, conference calls, or even video conferencing just isn’t the same. Our shared presence in the same place at the same time focuses our attention in a way these other medium’s just can’t.
The shared understanding that’s achieved and the personal promises that are made (explicit and implicit) organizes our efforts and compels us to follow through. Particularly if there’s a follow up meeting. And when the conversations are tied together by a clear and specific set of objectives and a tightly followed agenda.
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