Portal Business Centres
Office Solutions for Growing Businesses

Why virtual meetings shouldn’t replace face to face meetings

The advent of technology over the past decade means that the business world is now a very different place than how it used to be. Smart phones are commonplace and Wi-Fi is readily available, meaning than anywhere in the world can quickly become your office. The rise of video conferencing and telephone systems means that meetings are in danger of becoming a thing of the past – but here are five reasons why meeting face to face is still critically important to your business.

1. The biggest problem with telephone conferences is that people may not actually “be there”. Yes, they’re on the other end of the line, but chances are, they are not engaged in what’s being said on the call, and they’re probably doing something else at the same time – checking their emails, reading through files, making a coffee.
2. Body language and facial expressions play a very important role in how we interpret people and situations – without it, you could lose the meaning of the conversation.
3. You may lose clarification. If you’ve missed a point, it’s much easier to stop a face to face conversation that it is to butt into a conference call with many people trying to talk at the same time.
4. Being face to face with people encourages engagement in the meeting – people on the other end of a phone may be sitting with their back to the call paying no attention, something that – hopefully! – isn’t likely to happen in a physical meeting.
5. The meeting will be shorter. Face to face meetings tend to be more time driven, so the meeting will get to the point quicker. Phone calls tend to drag on unnecessarily.

With a range of meeting rooms to suit all types of meetings and with rates available by the hour, day or half day, make your meetings count at Portal Business Centres. Call the team on 01925 445656 (Warrington) or 0151 346 2000 (Bromborough). Alternatively, complete the contact us form and one of the sales team will be in touch.


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