In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns, the value of personal wellness has emerged as a paramount aspect of our lives. As we navigate through this unprecedented era, it is crucial to recognize the significance of forging connections, networking, and engaging in meaningful conversations with others. As Lita Dirks and Erin Hurley return from the National Association of Home Builders’ Spring Leadership Meetings in Washington DC, the benefits of gathering with people for industry involvement, networking, opening our hearts to ideas with business partners, and improving our communication skills are more important than ever. By delving into the advantages of in-person interaction, we can truly appreciate the power of human connection.

Gathering with People for Networking:

In-person networking has long been regarded as a powerful tool for personal and professional growth. While virtual interactions have become prevalent, nothing can replicate the energy and connections formed through face-to-face meetings. Research suggests that networking fosters a sense of belonging and enhances social capital, leading to increased opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and career advancement (Source: Harvard Business Review, 2017). Engaging with like-minded individuals in a physical setting provides the ideal platform for exchanging ideas, gaining valuable insights, and building lasting relationships.

Opening Your Heart to Ideas:

Collaborating with business partners and opening our hearts to new ideas is an essential component of personal wellness. The exchange of thoughts, perspectives, and experiences encourages creativity and innovation, propelling us to reach new heights professionally and personally. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that open and honest communication between business partners positively influences individual well-being and partnership performance (Source: Journal of Applied Psychology, 2018). By fostering a culture of openness, we create an environment conducive to growth and mutual success.

Opening Your Communication:

Effective communication is the bedrock of personal wellness and thriving relationships. In a world that increasingly relies on digital communication, being able to communicate face-to-face becomes all the more valuable. In-person conversations allow for nonverbal cues, such as body language and facial expressions, which significantly impact the quality and depth of communication. A report published by Forbes emphasizes the importance of these nonverbal elements, highlighting that over 90% of communication effectiveness stems from nonverbal cues (Source: Forbes, 2019). By practicing and honing our interpersonal communication skills in real-life interactions, we can foster stronger connections and build trust with others.

After a prolonged period of remote work and social distancing, the benefits of being in person and engaging socially have become even more apparent. Face-to-face interactions provide a sense of belonging, reduce feelings of isolation, and improve mental well-being. A study conducted by the University of Chicago revealed that in-person socializing releases oxytocin, a hormone that helps build trust and strengthens social bonds (Source: University of Chicago, 2020). Additionally, participating in physical gatherings allows for serendipitous encounters, spontaneous collaboration, and the formation of new ideas, which are often difficult to replicate in a virtual setting.

The significance of personal wellness and human connection cannot be overstated. Our team is grateful for the opportunity to gather with industry partners and friends to discuss the homebuilding landscape. By recognizing the unique benefits of in-person interactions, we can harness the power of human connection to navigate the challenges ahead and thrive in both our personal and professional lives.

We would love to meet for coffee to keep personal connections strong! Contact us to learn more about our design and installation process. We design and merchandise model homes and amenities that bring the community together, that elicit dreams of homeownership, that set our client’s product apart from the competition, and help homes sell.