You just cannot beat a face-to-face meeting

Name your method of communication. Use it appropriately for the reason intended. How to best use time to re-acquaint and update?

  • Phone? No face time. Never rings. Or it’s a robocall.
  • Email? Misread and it can belie the true intent.
  • Text? Too short and fast to make any impact.
  • Google Hangout is just not the same unless you are hundreds of miles away.

What to do?

Arrange a face to face meeting. That’s just what we did the other day.

coffemeetingShe and I are LinkedIn connections, of course! Facebook friends too. We had emailed with referrals and notes on and off for a couple of years. We even ran into each other at a concert by chance.

But we hadn’t seen each other (eyes to eyes) or spent quality time for a long time and much had transpired in our personal and business lives since.

She was back in town and we made the meet up commitment.

I secured a corner seating area in a quiet, convenient location. She was happy to meet me there, on time as I expected, and we proceeded to catch up.

A very warm conversation. Swapping stories and successes. Discussing near-misses too. Not two gladiators one-upping. Just peers sharing news, ideas and aspirations. Looking out for more ways to enrich the relationship…

Take time to meet. You can’t beat it!


About connect2collaborate

LinkedIn coach and evangelist, having a great time pursuing my passion of connecting professionals so they can collaborate more!
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4 Responses to You just cannot beat a face-to-face meeting

  1. Rob Thomas says:

    I think you and I may of been separated at birth! I was thinking (or maybe Mike has other plans for it today) making my next video about this…can I steal it? LOL

    – Rob 203-641-1714


  2. anierenberg says:


    Andrea Nierenberg

  3. Corey Bearak says:

    Always prefer the in-persons. Indeed I look forward to catching up with folks at meetings we both attend and I try to schedule time before and after for such.

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