Walk and Talk – Text for reading comprehension
Do you find yourself bogged down by appointments? Feeling chained to your desk waiting for that next online meeting to begin? Next time you’re feeling frustrated, think about if the person you’re meeting happens to be in the same city. Could you maybe suggest meeting up for a quick walk along the river or through a nearby park. This idea of walking and talking can get your brain really flowing and develop new ideas that you might not have while sitting at your desk.
Having a walking meeting not only has the obvious physical benefits, fresh air, moving your body, stretching, but also there are a number of other benefits such as spontaneous creativity, new inspiration and influences as well as the natural flow of conversation while enjoying a moment together and strengthening your work relationship.
We have all heard that we should be clocking 10,000 steps a day, and by having a walking meeting you no longer have to sacrifice your personal health in order to be a good and efficient employee. My colleagues and I have solved numerous problems this way. Whether it’s something as simple as dividing up the summer break fairly between the team or solving a technical problem like why one of our components continuously gets jammed when in the lock position. After what seems like hours of racking our brains staring at technical drawings or spreadsheets, sometimes the best answer is to just get out of the office!
So next time you’re planning your next meeting or work week, think about… when can I get out of the office? When can I get out of the house? Actually meet my partner and open ourselves up to a who new way of thinking and wellbeing.