Every opportunity has rekindled my passion for entertaining relationships face to face rather than on line. I must admit, I am quite fond of social media and I like to tweet regularly and update my LinkedIn account.
Yet, never mind the number of likes and followers, every time I attend a meeting or have a face to face networking event I deeply relish and enjoy the opportunity to get to know other people and find out how others work and do things; what people are interested in and what they are up to.
True, as human being we are 'social animals' and enjoy the contact and engagement with others. But what exactly makes face to face networking so much more compelling than social and virtual networking?
To me, it is all about finding out who we really are . When people sit or stand in front of you, when dialogue opens, a joke and a laugh are shared, people feel they are getting the authentic you.
It is very hard to convey the same feeling in the virtual world....Emotions make up a hugely important part of that encounter. Whether somebody is going to remain engaged in the conversation with you is often dictated by emotions that are displayed, the feeling conveyed, and the way we make them feel.
It is our emotions, our emotional intelligence, that engages with people, over and above our expertise or reputation. By attending events and engaging with people in person we give others a quick glimpse of who we are, perhaps a slice of ourselves. That is the biggest present we can offer to people and the one that will be remembered at a time when a specific expertise is called for.
Alessandra is an experienced mentor, business coach, consultant and strategist. She supports individuals - especially women - and organisations in achieving their potential through customised, outcome driven interventions . You can find out more about Alessandra here and contact her by email here.