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IS GREAT, BUT...
By David Gabri,
t seems like a day doesn't go by without the unveiling of the "newest, fastest, best-ever" digital device, technology or
application that will help us to connect even more - or even more quickly - with others.
The possible ways to communicate have rapidly multiplied over the last few years. In addition to traditional forms of
communication like talking on the phone, emailing or (yes, even) sending a letter, we now can instantly connect via text
messaging, blogging, Facebook, Instant Messaging, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, etc.
But while there are many great benefits to utilizing these new and innovative ways to communicate, it is important to
recognize that there is a time and a place for everything. This is particularly true in the meetings and events industry.
TO ADVANCE COMMUNICATION
There are many great applications and social media sites
THE VALUE OF
In our industry, we recognize the value of face-to-face
that can enhance the communication process for those
interaction. However, we need to remind ourselves that this
who will attend, potentially attend or who are already in
doesn't just apply to meetings and programs, but also to our
attendance at our programs. A very helpful article on this
daily work life.
topic is "What Mobile Meeting Guides Can Do: 36 Features"
by Sue Hatch on www.meetingsnet.com.
Research shows that in-person programs enable
us to build and enhance important business
But while utilizing the latest technological innovations can
relationships, as well as advance our most important
be truly helpful, it is important to use these tools as a means to
objectives and projects. This is also true in our daily
pave the way for better communications - in other words, use
interactions at work. As Gary R. McClain and Deborah S.
the tools to advance communication, rather than to avoid it.
Romaine stated in their book The Everything Managing
Too often these days, people send a text message or an
People Book, "Consistent, daily face-to-face communication
email when a face-to-face conversation would be much
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - September/October 2014
Welcome, New Members!
Audio Visuals: Past, Present, Future
The True Cost of Free Wi-Fi
6 Conference Space Properties to Transform Attendee Behavior
Are We Talking? Technology is Great, But…
Member Spotlight: Diary of a Cellphone-Less Sales Professional
Introducing Meeting Planning Automation
How to Leverage Crowdfunding to Innovate for Your Next Event
Tools for Planners and Suppliers
I Spy MPI
Destination: Medicine Hat
Advertisers’ Index & Advertisers.com
Meeting MPI Toronto - September/October 2014