I came across an INC Magazine article about “5 reasons your need to meet in person” – which reminded me about a meeting with The Artist Catrine Näsmark in Sweden about a year ago. Read the full article here – and here comes the abbreviated version:
These are the 5 reasons to meet in person:
1. You’re off the record.
Avoid phone conversations in non-private offices.
2. Make use of not-so-small talk.
Build relationships over personal topics through small talk.
3. Make an impression.
The example is a new pink handbag becoming a topic for conversation. (I would say shoes…;)
4. Read the body language.
Facial expressions often communicate so much more than words.
5. Learn where the action is.
By visiting the office you get much more information from the environment.
When it comes to coaching and consulting I have found that meeting in person is of course very nice. I would say, to the extent you can, always meet once for an intake/introductory session. The time and effort required for meeting in person is a different equation, why we at Herringbone have decided to differentiate our offerings based on virtual/Skype meetings or in person. That way, we can offer our services to a larger audience, and meet the needs and budgets they – maybe you! – may have.
The reason why this article originally made me think of Catrine Näsmark is because when I met her in Sweden a year ago, she made an impression with a pink handbag – at a restaurant that took pride in serving high quality meat. Very obvious as you face the meat fridge by the end of the red carpet leading up from the street entrance.
Since then I have had this blog post title and photo in my mind. (Imagine how much is still stored up there…) Taking the photo, I was thinking – this set up of a restaurant would not happen in San Francisco. Although – the title of the blog post is taken from a blog Nice to Meat You originated in San Francisco, by a local entrepreneur friend Willo O’Brien with WilloToons.
Thank you for finally letting me share it! Puh.
So happy to meet you!