The Face-To-Face Connection

It is one thing and an important thing when we speak to each other over the phone and, to a lesser extent, when we email each other. But face-to-face is always the best and means the most to us. Looking into another’s eyes is the best and most welcome experience of all.

When friends and acquaintances are with us, and dialogue happens, we are all participants, not just listeners and passive but involved with what is being said. There is a connection between us that is special. It takes place when we are physically, emotionally, and intellectually together. A reminder that together does not mean or intend agreement. How beautiful are these moments?

When we created the Youth Hotel at the world-renowned International Hotel in Las Vegas, its very foundation was built on dialogue, face-to-face connection, and the assurance that no child is alone but connected to a staff member until the child disconnects to join into activities they choose or are invited to join. 

The face-to-face and emotional connection makes being together such a unique experience. Technology will not and cannot replace this, although there is every effort to do so.

Being physically and emotionally together also brings being in the present into play. The present is what is real. The past exists as a memory, while the future is yet unknown. When with friends, the present is our stage, where hopefully, we are not acting but are real.

Share with me some time—You be you and I be me—Is there more to be?


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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