Scientists say that at this rate and with these forms of population growth, pandemics will become more common. Separating ourselves will be a protective mechanism to preserve life; then there will come a time to be healthy and to get together, to go out again; and then it will be time to separate us, and so on.
We have to adapt but it is impossible to deny our humanity: we want to be together, we need to be together. What is the future of meetings in this context?
• Technology and software will be able to help us express ourselves better, beyond the microphone and camera, new virtual reality functions will make remote interaction more colorful and understandable with functions to transmit emotions and even simulate the presence of people through holograms. Emoticons and reactions will be an old thing.
• Home experiences. If you can't be at the meeting, the meeting can be at home. Some organizers already prepare boxes with objects that are sent prior to the meeting, to the homes of the participants in order to enjoy the meeting more as well as interact more easily. Can you imagine the logistics and shipping companies commitment to the organization to deliver a package to the thousands of homes of the participants -at the same time-, regardless of the participant's time use?
• Five-sense reproductive devices: if the speaker is preparing a dish and mixing scented herbs with pepper or if a launch ceremony has included spraying champagne. Can you imagine a remote device emitting those aromas or firing these liquids at the same time? Something similar to what happens in fourth-dimensional movie theaters. Can you imagine it at your meeting or event?
Stronger changes, faster, they demand resilience? Let's be ready to ask ourselves these questions, because the most important thing is to ensure the greatest experience for all attendees; both those who are present at the headquarters and those who are at home. Can you imagine that one day it will be better that there is no venue because the devices have so much power over our perception that it is better to stay at home?
and let's organize a high-quality meeting, emphasizing the reason that unites your attendees to give them the best experience.