Terri Sjodin, one of my absolutely brilliant speaker colleagues and author of my favorite book on Mentoring, is always out walking. Of course, she lives in Orange County, CA where you can walk outdoors all the time, But she uses that time to connect with clients and prospects. She calls it a “walk meeting.”
What’s a walk meeting?
Here’s what Terri says: “Instead of an indoor office meeting or virtual call, why not step outside and change the view? Invite somebody you want to visit with to meet you for a beach walk, nature walk, power walk, whatever. Change things up and stay active at the same time. An article in the Huffington Post noted that, “Walking helps break down formalities, relaxes inhibitions and fosters camaraderie between colleagues – and less eye contact can fuel more personal conversation. Meeting on the go also minimizes distractions – no phones, no email, no texts, no colleagues interrupting you.”
As we transition back to in-person meetings and continue some version of a hybrid workplace (some working in the office while others on the team are working remotely), walking meetings during this glorious weather are a perfect way to re-connect and meet safely!
So pick up the phone and schedule a walk meeting with one of your teammates today!
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KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CPF | Master, CSP is a high-stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator. She’s been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 27 years. She is the author of the award-winning book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve and Inspire Audiences to Action. Her latest book, 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion was published in January 2021.