The other day I was reading an article on the Harvard Business Review blog site http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/01/sitting_is_the_smoking_of_our_generation.html
The article talks about the health benefits of holding “walking meetings” rather than sitting around a table or in a coffee shop. It quotes some pretty astounding statistics, including “…a doctor is quoted as saying that excessive sitting, which he defines as nine hours a day, is a lethal activity”
The article also pointed out that when walking and talking side by side, the issue or problem is “ahead of us” and we are working on it together, as partners. This idea resonates with me and my intentions and aspirations as a coach.
I also realised that when I talk with clients on the phone, rather than skype or in person, I always put on my headphones and wander around the garden as we are talking. For me, there is something about moving the body which helps my mind to stay focused, attentive and alert. I am much more likely to come up with inspired ideas if I am outside in nature.
As you can see from the photo, I have enjoyed walking for MANY years, especially at the beach, so I have decided to formally add Walking and Talking as a Coaching Option.