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RIBA Venues – Virtual Meetings are Convenient but less effective than Face-to-face Meetings

RIBA Venues – Virtual Meetings are Convenient but less effective than Face-to-face Meetings

People still prefer meeting in person and so while virtual meetings are convenient, they are still less effective than personal meetings.

UK – 9 April, 2015 – A study by Travel Weekly found that about half of business professionals believe they lost a contract or client because they didn’t meet enough face to face.

This belief is supported by researchers for the Business Meetings in a Modern World study who surveyed more than 2,000 businesspeople in the U.K., U.S., India, China and the U.A.E., according to Travel Weekly magazine. The study found that over 80 percent felt face-to-face meetings were the best way to build long-term business relationships.

Despite most people attending more virtual meetings according the study, the recent findings demonstrate the importance of holding face-to-face meetings and conferences. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they have attended more web-based meetings over the past five to 10 years.

Business psychologist and body language expert Hazel Carter-Showell told Travel Weekly: “Although developments in technology allow business men and women to make achievements in meetings that would have been impossible a few years back, meeting face-to-face continues to bring significant benefits that are much harder to obtain through virtual channels.” She went on to say, “One of these benefits is building trust, which research has shown is behind many profitable companies. Trusted companies have higher morale, productivity, lower employee turnover and create deeper relationships with their customers.”

53% of recipients felt connecting on social media helped them develop sturdier relationships with business associates. Ms Ellrott from RIBA Venues, a large conference venue in London, said, “Most of their customers’ find that face-to-face meetings are of more value overall however more are incorporating virtual meetings with more demand for video conferencing equipment.”

“Given recent trends, we expect the demand for meeting and conference rooms to continue to increase but we expect them to be more social with many companies wanting good Wi-Fi connections as well as modern video conferencing equipment.”

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