Walking meetings are a growing trend, replacing a traditional sitting meeting in a coffee shop or boardroom with a little exercise. The benefits are plentiful: Research has found that walking leads to increases in creative thinking, and anecdotal evidence suggests that walking meetings spur more productive, honest conversations. Here are some tips to help your next walking meeting go well:
- Include an “extracurricular” destination. Passing a point of interest provides more rationale and incentive for the walk.
- Don’t add unneeded calories. A meeting that ends with a 400-calorie beverage undermines its health goal.
- Stick to small groups. Walking meetings work best with two or three people.
- Don’t surprise colleagues or clients with walking meetings. Notify people in advance so they can dress appropriately.
- Have fun. Enjoy the fresh air – research has also found that people who use walking meetings report being more satisfied at work.
*Source: Harvard Business Review’s Management Tip of the Day.