A walking meeting is a healthy option for sharing ideas or catching up with a colleague. It can serve as a substitute for an email, a phone call or a sitdown meeting. The benefits of a meeting while moving include:
Increased energy and alertness.
Reduced sense of stress from physical movement.
Brain function improves with physical activity leading to the stimulation of new ideas, increased creativity and heightened problem-solving ability.
Improved physical and mental well-being from being outdoors.
It provides a more relaxed and confidential environment to communicate.
To encourage walking meetings when it's appropriate, and to make the most of the meeting, consider establishing the following guidelines:
Limit the size to what is practical for the walking environment.
Plan in advance, so that a route with few distractions, weather conditions, appropriate footwear and drinking water are considered.
Share an agenda and any visual information beforehand to minimize note taking.
Stick to a time limit and walk at a pace that is comfortable for everyone.
Allow for time, following the walk, to summarize the meeting and note actions to be taken.
Meet and Move!
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