In the WordPress community, Face to Face Meetings are Critical

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As I flew away from the Pressnomics conference today, I was struck by the obvious. But to tell you the whole story, let me back up a bit.

I wanted Something & Didn’t Get It

Months ago I was looking for the perfect membership plugin. You can read all about my findings, or even look for an upcoming post where I review two more (Groups for WooCommerce and Premise). I came upon Paid Memberships Pro and was delighted. But I really wanted some additional features. So I wrote the developer, Jason Coleman – of Stranger Studios (the folks behind the plugin). He mentioned it would be something they were tackling later. Then after a few months I asked again and it sounded like it had fallen off the priority list.

I Could’ve Bought It…but didn’t

I really didn’t have a problem with that at all, but I was interested in knowing what he might charge me to build in the feature. So he gave me a quote. But I didn’t pull the trigger. You know why? Because I didn’t know him. I liked his code. I liked his site. But I didn’t know him, and therefore, I didn’t have trust built up with him. So I passed.

And Now I Will

This past week I spent Wednesday evening and all of Thursday in Phoenix at a WordPress business conference called Pressnomics. I met Jason in person. We spent no more than an hour or two hanging out. But that face to face meeting was all I needed. As I flew away to my next conference, I thought to myself – I’m going to send that guy money and get my feature built.

And that’s when the realization hit me – nothing builds trust more than a face to face meeting.

Like I said, I was going to share the obvious. But it was worth stating – if only to remind you to jump on a plane, get in a car, or just get up from your chair and make your way to see someone in person. The trust comes quickly when you can connect in person.

About Chris Lema

Chris Lema has been working with WordPress since 2005. Over the years he's been a blogger, a speaker at WordCamps, a coach for WordPress product companies, and the founder of the conference for WordPress business owners, called CaboPress. Today he's the VP of Products at Liquid Web, where he manages the world's first managed platform for WooCommerce stores.

Chris Lema

Chris Lema has been working with WordPress since 2005. Over the years he's been a blogger, a speaker at WordCamps, a coach for WordPress product companies, and the founder of the conference for WordPress business owners, called CaboPress. Today he's the VP of Products at Liquid Web, where he manages the world's first managed platform for WooCommerce stores.

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