Meeting with your clients have got easier with virtual meeting technology making it feel like you’re in the same room…almost. So now you have a choice in making connections: face to face vs. virtual meetings?
Both face to face and virtual meetings have their benefits for your clients and for you.
Face to face offers a human connection and an atmosphere that lets you talk a little freer than maybe you’re comfortable with online. Plus a lunch at a nice restaurant or camaraderie around a meeting table can be the most effective way to get what’s needed from your meeting.
Virtual connections can happen faster without the limitations of travel and venues. And, you can create an interactive atmosphere online with participants from across the world contributing to your tasks, like finalizing a document in real time (not through email). Plus you’ll have shareable content (that’s captured all the ideas) you can all refer to when you’ve disconnected.
When you’re making your choice knowing your client and how they like to meet is the ultimate deciding factor. You know CEO X is a face to face deal maker, so go there. But, your small business owner might only have time for a Skype chat between deliveries and bookkeeping, make it happen.
Know the client, understand the circumstances and plan the meeting, whatever the venue, to get the results you’re looking for. Distracted attendees at your virtual meeting? Keep it interesting and keep them engaged. Costly travel time? Budget for it and consider whether the cost savings of a virtual meeting might be lost if a face to face would have sealed the deal.
It’s easier to hold a successful meeting when you know what your goals are first. Brainstorm your strategic plan with Alysha. Or have her show your staff how to pull off a great presentation with or without technology.
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