TRIPLE III TIME: The Importance of Presence
It is often ironic, interesting and maybe even scary when my choice for a TRIPLE III TIME message somehow connects directly to one of my current day business or personal situations. However, when you consider topics regarding leadership, communication, professional development and innovation…which are my III discussion priorities…the “connections” make sense! But I have to report that when I selected The Importance of Presence for this week’s message, it’s “connect-ability” factor to all aspects of my professional career…past, present and future…could not be more critical.
So let’s start this discussion by stressing the importance of physically attending meetings that you are part of. Personally showing up at a special event/meeting hosted by a colleague, family member, business partner or friend just feels more necessary today more than ever before. Likewise if you reverse the situation and ask what does The Importance of Presence mean to me as a professional when I am waiting at the door for those invited to attend? I believe it means caring, interest, support, joint venture consideration, a future opportunity and without a doubt…a special form of respect and friendship.
Does this mean that I do not support virtual involvements? Does this mean that I am too old-fashioned? Or does this mean that I have not allowed myself to adjust to a non-face-to-face future?
Well, I think all who know me have a pretty good idea how I may or may not answer these questions.
Regardless, the goal of the TRIPLE III TIME message: The Importance of Presence is to encourage everyone to go the extra face-to-face participation mile if you can. Virtual attendance is an acceptable second choice but I believe your personal/in-person connection can and will always make a good…GREAT difference!