In this 1-minute episode, our conversation delves into the rapid transition from in-person to virtual networking that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. My guest, Andrew Satz, the CEO of EVQLV, recounts his experience of leveraging the situation to schedule an incredible 72 meetings in just one week in June 2020, something that would have been unfeasible in a physical setting.
However, he also addresses the challenges that have arisen in the shift back to face-to-face interactions. He explains that our brains are not naturally wired for the Zoom experience, pointing out that virtual meetings miss out on capturing the full breadth of non-verbal cues, body language, and other sensory experiences like smell and taste that are intrinsic to in-person interactions.
Andrew underscores that while virtual platforms offered a solution for continuing business during lockdowns, they can’t replace the richness and depth of in-person meetings. This episode serves as a reminder of the complex nature of human interaction, urging professionals to consider a balanced approach to networking as the world adjusts to new norms.
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