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These Meetings Were Made For Walking

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Do you find yourself walking around or pacing while you’re talking? Does it seem to help you clear your mind? Surprisingly, walking can also boost your creativity.

Whenever I’m on the phone and talking with people, I find myself traveling around my house. Sometimes, I’ll be pacing back and forth in the same spot. Are you like me? Well, it turns out it’s actually pretty beneficial. A study came out that says walking can have a positive effect on creative thinking. How could we use this to our advantage at work? I can think of one area that could use improvement: meetings.

Most of us dread the notification calling for a meeting. We here at AccelaWork know what a drain a meeting can be on how productive you are in a day. Cindy Allen-Stuckey took a look at the importance of meetings and discovered some interesting information.

According to results of a survey conducted by Microsoft, employees spend 5.6 hours each week in meetings and 71% of respondents felt meetings weren’t productive. That’s bad news, and what’s worse is that this isn’t the only study reporting that meetings are widely disliked.

It’s a big problem. So how do great leaders make sure we have great meetings? It boils down to three things:

    1. They achieve the meeting’s objective

    2. They take up a minimum amount of time

    3. They leave participants feeling that a good process has been followed.

If we all dread meetings and feel as though they don’t really do much in the way of productivity, why are they still so common? Isn’t it time for a change? Here are some ways you might be able to make a change at your workplace and take the show on the road (or sidewalk.)

walking productively

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Get Your Coworkers On Board

A meeting doesn’t include just you, though how easy would that make your life, right? If you’re really interested in getting meetings going outside instead of the conference room, then you’ll need to get your coworkers in on the idea. Gather up as many like-minded workers as you can find and create a detailed presentation or report. The numbers truly are on your side according to research so you should have no problem there. You can all take the proposition to management and explain the benefits together. There’s always strength in numbers!

Have A Destination

It’s probably a bad idea to take a bunch of people outside with no clear, agreed upon destination. You’ll end up wandering around with everyone asking where to go rather than staying on task and leaving with the information you needed from the meeting in the first place. You could pull up a map of the surrounding areas to figure out your path. Look for walking trails nearby or just plan on doing a big circle ending up where you started.

Make It An Experience

You don’t have to just wander in circles outside while babbling on about numbers and goals and what’s coming down the pipeline. Yes, that information is important, but seriously hard to pay attention to, especially if you’re out in nature. Bring snacks that you hand out to people who get involved and answer questions when called upon. Food is always a great motivator. You can try including some team-building exercises, like creating teams and having people work together to find the destination of the meeting.

Learning and working can be fun and rewarding. You don’t have to follow the same old ways just because that’s how things have always been done. Be a trailblazer. Don’t be afraid to shake things up!

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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