Magazine article Talent Development

The Walking Meeting

Magazine article Talent Development

The Walking Meeting

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"Let's walk and talk!" It's a common phrase casually thrown around by busy professionals who rarely have the time to sit still. The phrase defines the impromptu walking meetings professionals have on a weekly, if not daily, basis. However, these encounters could hardly be defined as formal meetings. For one, they're usually very brief--maybe five to seven minutes--occurring on the way to an official "sitting meeting."

Now there is a growing trend of holding more purposeful walking meetings, especially in light of research that indicates how damaging sedentary lifestyles are to our health. In her TED Talk on the subject, author and popular speaker Nilofer Merchant advocates exercising while tending to your work obligations--"one doesn't have to come at the cost of the other." She not only attests that walking meetings improve health, but also that "fresh air drives fresh thinking."

So how does one have a successful walking meeting? After all, the kind of walking meeting that Merchant advocates is very different from the quick powwows that usually occur indoors. …

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