If it’s true that 90% of communication takes place through gestures, expressions and body language…then there is great value in being “face to face” with those with whom we want to communicate. At least on an occasional basis, I believe that NOTHING replaces just being with someone to enhance a relationship, explore ideas, solve problems and learn how to care in a more meaningful way.
I love connecting through Facebook, Twitter, Email, Text Messages and the phone. Actually, I like using all forms of communication and I have come to realize that there are different purposes for each medium…and it has become second nature for me to know which one is appropriate at the time. I love how I can “touch” an acquaintance on Facebook when I wouldn’t pick up the phone or even send an email. I love how I can “float” out a Twitter balloon to express a thought and I love how I can “text hug” my kids – just because! But still there is nothing quite like being face to face with someone. It is just different.
I also love how my face to face meetings move my relationships forward in a way that could not happen otherwise. While sometimes time consuming, I believe that being with people is a natural part of our being and we were created for relationships that grow and mature.
That is why we attend the NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) convention every year! I just came back from my 14th consecutive trip to the NRB where I had over 40 meetings involving over 100 people. No other place or time provides me with the opportunity to meet in person with current and potential clients and media partners – from various countries. We work hard to facilitate meetings for our clients and broadcasters…knowing that they too want to build upon their relationships.
We had fun, we walked a lot (the Opryland Hotel is huge!), we enjoyed good food, we laughed, we brainstormed, we worked through thoughts and ideas. It was a meeting marathon and I would say that we placed well in the end! And…we enjoyed hosting our 8th annual Canadian reception where everyone who “cares about Canada” is welcome! Great relationships are started and nurtured at this event each year.
Eagle-Com places a high value on meeting with people in person, which is why we travel to other places to meet with our media partners and clients. Thank you for the warm welcome that you always give us when we arrive. We love being with you.
If we can encourage anyone to attend the NRB convention next February in Nashville, we will have passed along a great tip about being with wonderful people at the same time in the same place – it is worth the investment.