3 tips for an effective one-on-one while walking

Incorporate movement

Looking for a way to incorporate movement and fresh air into your one-on-one discussions? Then walking meetings might be just what you need! Walking while having a one-on-one conversation can increase creativity, reduce stress, and boost productivity.
Here are three tips for making the most out of your one-on-one while walking.

Location is key

Avoid busy streets with heavy traffic or noisy construction sites, as these distractions can make it difficult to have a productive conversation. Instead, opt for a scenic park, a quiet trail, or a peaceful neighborhood where you can walk and talk without interruptions. Choose a route that is flat and easy to walk on, as you don’t want to be distracted by uneven terrain or steep hills.

Set clear goals

Before embarking on your walking meeting, take some time to set clear goals and objectives for the discussion. What do you hope to accomplish during this one-on-one? Are there specific topics that you need to address or decisions that need to be made? By establishing clear goals at the outset, you can ensure that your conversation stays on track and remains focused. Use the Walking Talking app, there is a simple template to prepare before the walk. There is also the possibility to make notes about the conversation to follow up later.

Stay focused and engaged

It can be easy to get distracted during a walking meeting, especially if you’re surrounded by nature or other people. To ensure that your one-on-one remains productive, make an effort to stay focused and engaged throughout the conversation. Actively listen to what your colleague has to say, and ask thoughtful questions to show that you are fully engaged. Avoid checking your phone or getting sidetracked by other distractions, as this can detract from the purpose of the meeting.

One-on-one while walking can be a refreshing and effective way to conduct one-on-one discussions. By choosing the right location, setting clear goals, and staying focused and engaged, you can make the most out of your time together and ensure that your walking meetings are productive and successful. So lace up your sneakers, grab a colleague, and start walking and talking!

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