Most Recent Articles on Face-to-Face Communication

11 Best Practices for Successful Video Conferences

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jun 29, 2020

While companies have come a long way in just a few weeks with video meetings, we all have much to learn about how to make video conferences more engaging and productive – and far less taxing for employees.

To help you on that path, we’ve compiled a quick list of the 11 most important tips and tricks to keep top of mind, compiled from our recent experience with clients and our decades conducting meetings of all types for leaders and teams.

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Tags: Face-to-Face Communication, COVID-19 Communications

8 Steps to Combat Video Conference Fatigue

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jun 17, 2020

As many of us are spending our days in virtual meetings, we’re realizing the energy drain from staring directly at our colleagues in two dimensions from just a few feet away. That typically wouldn’t be the case in face-to-face meetings where you naturally and easily follow the conversation much like you were watching a sing-along. The conversation is a little like a bouncing ball where you naturally move your head and attention to keep up with the dialogue. There are breaks – both literally and figuratively – in the conversation, which allow for a little recharge of the batteries or at least a few moments to take a breath, reflect, and regroup.

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Tags: Face-to-Face Communication, Internal Communication, COVID-19 Communications

Inspire Your Employees Through Performance Reviews with These Key Questions

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Feb 10, 2020

If the annual performance review is a check-off-the-box activity, you’re missing a key opportunity to engage and motivate your employees.

Make the Performance Review a Chance to Inspire

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Face-to-Face Communication

Employee Review Questions For Your Next Performance Review

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Oct 02, 2019

I was talking with a client recently who was planning for her face-to-face performance review meetings with her staff. With forms completed, she acknowledged she didn’t want to simply review the content of the forms. 

Instead, her intention was to have the most productive and positive dialogue possible.

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Face-to-Face Communication

Employee Engagement and the Communicator’s Role

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jul 08, 2019

Achieving trust, credibility and especially engagement is the ultimate prize for employers, now more than ever. Communications and communicators play a key role in the engagement process. Great communication can engage employees if it cuts through the clutter to speak directly to them, and no one is better positioned than communicators to know how to connect effectively with employees.

The Communicator's Role

First, employers and communicators must recognize that employee engagement is a two-way street, and furthermore that engagement is a gift an employee gives to an organization—that can be freely given or withheld at any time. It is up to these leaders to accept responsibility for (as they will reap the benefits of) making it that way.

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Face-to-Face Communication

Face-To-Face Communication: 6 Reasons to Lead in Person

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 15, 2019

We all know how technology enables communication – email, voicemail, text message, instant message, Twitter . . . the list goes on. There are more than enough ways to communicate, and too often they add up to message overload for employees.

That’s why when something is important, nothing compares to face-to-face communication. When a leader needs to inspire people—or move them to action—the best way to do it is to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what they need to know.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Face-to-Face Communication, Communication Skills, Feedback/Trust

The Art of Active Listening

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Aug 01, 2018

Perhaps you’ve heard the quote “There’s a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.” The concept might seem simple, but active listening – that is, fully concentrating on what’s being said – takes work and practice. And the results can make a significant difference in the quality of relationships, followership and overall results. 

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Tags: Face-to-Face Communication, Communication Skills, Listening

How to Know You’re Communicating Well

Posted by David Grossman on Tue, Jan 16, 2018

I was talking with a client recently about how you know you’re getting your message across in a one-on-one situation, especially when you have a good amount of material to present.                        

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Tags: Face-to-Face Communication

Google Exec: Disconnect from Your Email and Engage in Face-to-Face Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Tue, May 22, 2012

Over the past few weekends, tens of thousands of college graduates have walked across the stage, shaken hands with the Dean, waved to teary-eyed parents and left college – diplomas in hand – ready to change the world.

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Tags: Face-to-Face Communication, Email In The Workplace

Call Me Anti-Social (Media) and Proud!

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Feb 09, 2011

I’ve received a number of excellent questions recently about my thoughts on social media and its impact on internal communications and business.  Some people have misunderstood why I call myself the “anti-social media guy” on the inside.  Let me clarify, and I’d appreciate your feedback.

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Tags: Face-to-Face Communication, Internal Communication

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