Walking meetings vs sitting meetings

Written on 07 December, 2015 by TPP Wholesale
Categories: General Wholesale | Tags: business, small business

The 'walk and talk' is taking the business world by storm and with high-profile fans such as Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg proclaiming themselves fans, there's no reason not to try taking your next meeting out of the static boardroom and into a dynamic, ever-changing environment.

Creative, healthy and invigorating

Blow the cobwebs from your brain and start connecting with your colleagues on a new level by implementing walking meetings - the rewards could be huge. A recent Stanford study measured creativity levels while participants were sitting compared to walking and found that creative output increased by an average of 60% when people were on the move.

Walking meetings could really boost the health levels of your staff, meaning less downtime and better wellbeing all round. According to the Better Health Channel, you only need to walk for 30 minutes a day to boost fitness enough to reduce the risk of developing debilitating conditions.

Cut down on distractions

Still not convinced? Maybe the fact that Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn are converts will change your mind. In fact, Weiner said: "In addition to the obvious fitness benefits, this meeting format essentially eliminates distractions, so I find it to be a much more productive way to spend time."

Picture it, no emails, no colleagues swinging by your desk – just you and the other meeting participants, brainstorming and tackling questions uninterrupted. What's not to love? What's more, a walking meeting is the ideal setting for discussing personal problems or sensitive issues. Walking side-by-side rather than sitting face-to-face makes it easier to broach tough topics and there will be a greater feeling of privacy than you find in the average office.

When to stay still

That said, there are some topics that require a formal setting – such as official performance reviews or warnings – and those should stay in the office. Also, while the Stanford study found walking was excellent for generating new ideas and creative thinking, sitting can be preferable when considering a question that has only one answer. So when you're dealing with crunching numbers or wrangling facts, your desk might be best.

Are you willing to give the walk and talk a go? Or have you hit on the perfect meeting spot in-house?