The Importance of Face-to-Face Communication in the Tech Age

Jennifer Barker

Senior Business Development Strategist

Three years ago, we came up with the concept for Geek Speak. We knew the digital space was growing at the Jersey Shore and people wanted a place to learn about the latest trends outside of paying tuition or watching a screen share. In a world of technology, it is easy to get lost in emails and texts. Our goal for Geek Speak is not only to educate, but to bring professionals in different industries together... face to face, to form new relationships in a laid back environment.

After a lot of research, brainstorming, and collaboration, we are happy to bring you a monthly event that combines the latest digital trends and topics with a personal touch. Every month we will host a meetup that will feature awesome speakers tackling the latest digital marketing, design, and development topics. From introductory to advanced topics, we will have something for everyone, no matter your career level or industry. Whether you are looking to learn about new trends in the digital space, interested in a career in tech, or just want to grow your network across different industries, this is the place to do it!

Here are a few of our favorite reasons why it’s important to meet in person and communicate face to face.

Relationship Building

In a world where everyone’s texting, sending emojis, and Snapchatting, it’s easy to avoid face-to-face conversations. Even though smartphones and computers facilitate online interactions, good old fashioned conversing does not have to grow extinct. In fact, talking with a person is the most effective way to learn where their head is at!

To ensure that your conversations are positive and fun, introduce yourself and your business in a casual environment. People tend to be more open to referrals and potential business opportunities when they’re relaxed. Watch their body language. Do they seem genuinely interested in what you have to offer?

Building Up Communication Skills

Texting and messaging others is convenient, but if you do this too often, your communication skills will plummet. Fortunately, you can practice your communication skills by interacting with others. Learn how to recognize body language and nonverbal cues. Gain confidence when delivering presentations. Get more out of working on a team. The stronger your skills are, the better you can do your job, build relationships, and climb up the corporate ladder.

Gaining a Good Rep

By attending events on a regular basis, you can build relationships with important individuals in your industry. You never know who they may know, so keep yourself open to meeting all types of people. One conversation can lead to an introduction with a new client or vendor. The more positive interactions you have, the quicker you can build a positive reputation for yourself and your business.

Comfortability Post-Networking

Once you’ve met someone at least once, you can take a step back and send them an email for the next interaction. You’ve already talked to them, so you don’t have to make as many assumptions about their tone or communication style. Plus, you can tailor your message to the contact’s personality. Unfortunately, when you haven’t had an initial face-to-face conversation, it’s difficult to read the person’s tone through a screen.

Conclusion

We’re living in a digital age, but face-to-face communication is still very much alive. These interactions are more memorable than sending a message back and forth. Face-to-face communication is a skill that can be improved upon, so take advantage of opportunities where you can network with others. In the end, you will be able to communicate in any setting with the utmost confidence and control.

Try these out on September 13th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at our first Meetup of many. Stop in for a quick drink and say hello, or stay for a while and network. We will be showing an awesome video from our NJDMConf and making some future announcements. Join our mailing list for updates on topics, speakers, and locations! Become a member.

 

About the Author: Jennifer Barker

Jen is the Business Development Strategist for SEMGeeks and the only team member born and raised north of the Jersey great divide, i.e. the Driscoll Bridge. Her BFA in multimedia design and extensive experience in digital marketing make her both an analytical and creative thinker. Jen has lived and worked for digital agencies in two major cities over the last 17 years but 3 years ago this “gypsy living, free bird” happily put her roots down at the Jersey Shore. The struggle to defend North Jersey to the rest of the team is an ongoing battle. #TaylorHam

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