Before the invention of webcams, if you wanted to have a face-to-face meeting with people outside of your office you had no choice but to travel to meet each other. This way of meeting is inefficient, and frankly unnecessary, these days.
It's very expensive, especially if you need to meet with people located interstate or overseas, and it takes up valuable time which could be spent on more important things. This results in lost productivity - something that no business can really afford these days. So while there is definitely a place for face-to-face meetings in the digital age, there's a much more effective way of conducting them now. A face-to-face meeting is no longer the same thing as an in-person meeting.
So what are the pros and cons of these different types of meetings?
An in-person meeting requires you and your meeting participants to be in the same place at the same time. In today's busy world, this is an increasingly difficult feat to achieve. There are also some major disadvantages to meeting this way.
Face-to-face meetings are easily conducted by using web conferencing and webcams, without having to travel to meet in person. Everybody can see each other from wherever they are, whether that's their office, home or anywhere else they happen to be! The traditional advantages of meeting in person can be achieved much more easily with a web conference.
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