Janneke and I are were inspired recently by a Ted Talk – Got A Meeting Take A Walk. The information wasn’t anything new to us, but it did remind us of the many benefits walking meetings have to offer.
- Physical activity that fits into the day
- Energized and more alert
- Different environments to inspire new ideas and creativity
- Time outdoors, in nature, and with fresh air and light
- Improved physical and mental well-being
- Walking and talking side by side cuts through hierarchical and status distinctions and sets people at ease
- Enhanced relationship building, strengthening team spirit
- Meetings no longer feel like a waste of time
- Great for brainstorming or problem solving
So when the Dean of College of Business of Winona State University, Hamid Akbari, Ph.D. approached us about co-facilitating a project aimed at getting students and area community leaders to engage in meaningful conversations, we were very excited.
On October 17th, we had the first Entrepreneurial and Innovative Walk and Talk event The objective was to educate, inspire, and encourage creative thinking between all participants. It was a HUGE success.
Each community leader was paired with a small team of 4-6 students and community members. A brief introduction and walking instructions were provided by Janneke and Deb with the groups leaving our office around 12:00pm. Groups walked around West Lake Winona (small lake) and returned for networking and lunch.
- personal experiences and background such as business, trips, volunteer work, family
- special project or activity you are or have been involved with
- Any innovative or entrepreneurial ideas by the leader or the group
Our plan is to continue these walk & talks in the spring. If you would like to participate or lead a future group, we would like to hear from you.
But remember, a walking meeting does not need to be organized by an outside facilitator. The next time you are invited to OR are organizing a meeting, make it a Walking Meeting! For more information contact us at 507.474.9825.