I was reading with interest Mike Lipkin’s blog on the National Speakers’ Bureau site recently. In his article entitled “Top Winning Trends for 2014 and How to Make them Work for You”, he made some great points about 2014 that I heartily agree with.
In particular, he points out that organized physical meetings are growing at twice the rate of the economy. He suggests it is due to our craving for face-to-face interaction. He even goes so far as to say “Social intimacy is the antidote to alienation and anxiety.“ I couldn’t agree more – and I also believe it’s our need to feel noticed and special; along with our desire to learn from others through relationship – not social media, that fuels this need we have.
Well-thought-out meetings with excellent content and fun factor can meet the needs we have for true connection. Nothing can really replace face-to-face; and probably the closest in the technology world would be tools like Skype, Google Hangouts+ and Facetime. They increase in popularity daily as people realize that the face-to-face experience far outweighs the written word of email or text; even the spoken word on devices.
So I second his prediction; and expect to see more and more meetings planned in the coming years. I believe the pendulum will swing and technology will become more of a tool in our hands than the primary driver behind how we communicate. At least that’s the world I’d like to see emerging from all of this. How about you?