Business leaders are increasingly incorporating technology into meetings.

In a society in which people are increasingly carrying smart phones, laptops, computer tablets and other next-generation technological devices, event planners are embracing those tools as part their planning.

But while the tools may be changing, their goal remains the same: To bring people together for a highly personal experience, which no amount of technology could substitute for.

Kay Nelson, the owner and president of Eventsetc, Inc., in Kenwood, an event design and production company, knows full well the potential of technology to make things too impersonal.

"There isn't that feeling of bonding," says Nelson, citing an important aspect of live interaction: attaining a cohesiveness of message and purpose that can only be built strongly with being physically present with others.

For Nelson, an effective meeting or event is all about the personal touch, whether it's face-to-face interactions, what food options to serve or how to design the look and feel of an event.

Due to the multitude of ways of staying connected through technological advances, event planners are focusing on creating meetings that are more interactive, using PowerPoint presentations and video.

And while it appears that social media "” effective, but also two-dimensional "” is here to stay, event planners are joining the wave and incorporating the technology into their work.

Social media outlets "” such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook "” are great tools for posting information about meetings, obtaining recommendations on where to hold meetings, keeping in touch with fellow business clients and sending out quick and easily digestible instant updates on what occurs at meetings.

"(Social media's) imprint is all over the place," says Diana Hisey, the CEO, Chief Creative Officer and senior planner for Event Design International in Blue Ash.

Mobile apps are another way event planners can stay ahead of the curve. The iPhone has many applications to aid the business professional. Some examples include: Meeting Management, Air Travel and Audiovisual and Motivation. Droid and Blackberry phones also offer apps for business professionals.

Hisey welcomes technology as just another tool to ultimately bring people together in the same room for an essential human experience.

"I think it keeps things fresh and new," she says.