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Digital still doesn't replace meetings

Face to face meetings are still best In today's digital world, 8 out of 10 people still believe that meeting in person helps them to form better bonds with business associates and a similar number are more likely to do business with someone they have met in person, than by phone or e-mail introduction.

Communications technology in 2013 continues to advance, affecting the way we work, shop, consume and interact. With the meteoric rise of social network sites and the ability to contact anyone in the world at the touch of a button, the need for face-to-face meetings seems to be diminishing; however new research from De Vere Hotels suggests that the 'digital revolution' could potentially be bad for business.

Video calls, conference calls, e-mails and social networks may provide a quick, but impersonal avenue for people to interact, but the study revealed that the British believe, meeting face-to-face is still the most effective way to build bonds with business associates and close deals.

Behavioural psychologist, Dr Peter Collett says that as much as 90% of what we communicate is through non-verbal gestures and body language. "Meeting in person means that we engage all of our senses, which gives us a much deeper impression of another person. All forms of communication, including e-mails, texts, tweets and phone calls, are open to misinterpretation, but because face-to-face interaction provides such a wealth of information, itís much more likely to lead to mutual understanding."

The study found that a 'back to basics' approach and traditional meetings can increase productivity and profit. Eight out of ten people agreed that they were more likely to do business with someone they have met face-to-face than by e-mail or phone.

70% of Brits felt they established a better rapport with work associates when meeting face-to-face and 60% felt more engaged in the conversation. Women were more likely to make an effort to be presentable for a face-to-face engagement (61%), whereas men felt they would be more attentive than if they were in a conference call (59%). A quarter of people questioned said they would be more prepared and act more professionally.

"This research has shown that despite modern technology, people in business still feel that thereís a lot of value in face-to-face interactions," continued Peter. "These days itís easy to communicate electronically and from anywhere in the globe, but this cannot replace the innate need that people have for face-to-face contact. When you can look someone in the eye, youíre able to form stronger bonds. This creates greater trust, which has an enormous and beneficial impact business decisions."


For more information about De Vere Hotels, please visit: www.devere.co.uk.



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