Flashback Friday: That time I thought meeting face-to-face was the only way
I was conditioned to think everything needed a meeting. At one point in my career in higher education, I remember having at least 10 hours each week set aside for face-to-face meeting time.
When I started my business in 2012, I began the same way. Sometimes I would meet with a prospect 3 to 5 hours before we even had a contract or game plan in place. That means a single prospect could cost me up to 5 consulting hours plus travel time over several days, gas money, and several fancy cups of coffee…all with no commitment.
Nowadays, I have found so many rich ways to interact and collaborate with team members, clients, and vendors that are virtual or semi-virtual that I can’t believe how much time I used to leave on the table that could be spent generating income, learning new tools, and spending time with loved ones.
Real estate guru, David S. Malcolm, recently posted a status that said something to the effect that we have been taught that time is money when in reality time is LIFE. You can recover from the loss of money, but not life. You can’t get that back.
On March 4, I will be a presenter at the U-M Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) Career Conference. I will present tips to improve work flow in traditional and non-traditional work settings using digital tools. The conference is open to all and registration is live NOW! on the University of Michigan website. Note: the last day for online registration is Friday, March 26; after that point participants will need to register in person the morning of the conference.
In the meantime, talk to me. Tell me about your favorite meeting or productivity tools or your current issues/gripes with virtual teams.