Five steps to a successful walking meeting

 

  1. Have an agenda. This is a real meeting, not a skive. The aim is get out there and spark ideas, make decisions and take action as a result. So agree what you want the meeting to achieve and stick to it (like you would with any meeting). On my walks, for example, a client could have a specific problem they are looking for legal advice on, while others want to discuss a wider issue, such as a new business strategy.
  2.  Set a time limit. Not everyone is step-obsessed and what you want is a collaborative, motivating discussion while walking, not a competitive hike. So, keep the route to an easy 30 minutes or so; you can achieve a lot in that time and no one gets bored (or too tired).
  3. Invite a few people but not the whole team. If you’re walking along a hugely hectic, crowded street, then a one-on-one meeting is best. Generally speaking, though, whether you’re in the urban sprawl or a rural idyll, a walking meeting works well for groups of around four or five people at a time.
  4. Local knowledge. Aside from the huge physical and mental health benefits of walking, one of the joys of getting your steps in, is being better acquainted with your local area. Research a few facts (knowing the best coffee shop en route goes down well) and point out anything of interest, as this can inspire ideas and keep the walk interesting.
  5. Keep going. When you first ask people to go for a walking meeting, you may meet resistance. You’re that super-active colleague who actually crosses the office to speak to people instead of emailing them and takes the stairs instead of the lift. But if you regularly walk at work (and you’re energised and productive as a result) you’ll feel and look fitter and healthier. Won’t be long until everyone will want to join in.

 

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