As all of you know I am a big fan of the internet, email, and all the web technology. I seem to be on it all day. If I am not using it at my desk then I am one of those addicted “crackberry” users. Ask anybody who knows me; it is not hard to find me through technology.
What I like about all this technology is the ease of communications. I blog all of you every weekday, get email all day long, and researching anything is a “Google” away. What I don’t like about the new technology is the lack of face-to-face.
Because we are becoming a slave to our technology we are losing the art of personal contact. Do you remember when you actually met with people to discuss business? Now we send email back and forth. Deals are now made without the handshake. This may be part of the problem with our economy. When you have personal contact, look at the person in the eye, and shake their hand it means something. I believe you just brought that business deal to another level. It’s personal now. If you cut a deal in person you have less a chance of one side screwing it up.
My brother also writes a blog called LiveWorks Newsletter www.liveworksnews.wordpress.com. He has started a “dinner club” for other peeps in the business. They get together at a restaurant to eat and talk about the biz. The place they meet is not some “powerhouse” deal making place. The first meeting is at a pizza place. He is also trying to get people in the live event & entertainment business to meet in other cities throughout the country on the same night. I think this is a great idea. Meeting face-to-face to chat about the industry. I bet if this takes off it will make a difference to our industry. Why, because people are focused when they meet in person (unless you are Joaquin Phoenix).
As we all get ready to enjoy the weekend lets try to wish our loved ones a Happy Valentines Day in person and not through email. It’s hard to kiss someone through the iPhone. I don’t think they have made an app for that yet.
Have a great weekend!