Updated: Aug 8, 2019
Combining the pleasant and the useful. How talking and thinking outdoors, guided by your personal coach can help you to increase your creativity
During my research on Time Management, I found a very interesting article Nilofer Merchant on walking meetings.
In short, she explains that we spend every day more time sitting than sleeping. After she listed example of great thinkers who were regularly walking during meeting, I was convinced.
After all, if Aristotle, Sigmund Freud or Steve Jobs found efficiency in walking during meetings, who am I not to give it a shot.
In their experiments at Stanford University Marily Oppezzo and Daniel L. Schwartz demonstrated that walking boosts creativity in real time and shortly after. Oppezzo described further in a Ted Talk 4 steps to boost your creativity when walking:
Pick a problem
Walk at comfortable pace while you are brainstorming
As many ideas as you can
Speak and record your ideas
Cap your time
The day after this discovery, I haven’t planed anything when my early morning coaching client arrived at our “rendez vous”.
The weather was favorable so I proposed her a walking session. He accepted.
At the end of the coaching, we wrapped up together:
The side by side posture removed eye contact pressure and we felt more relax than during a regular session.
My client felt grounded, centered on himself and more present.
Silences didn’t feel uncomfortable during the walk.
Walking seemed to have enhanced my client creativity and we visited unexplored area.
Despite the activity surrounding us, we were very focus on the conversation
We didn’t see the time pass
2 hours after the end of the coaching, I received an email from my client:
We have almost walked 10,000 steps
There is nothing like a good walk to help clear your mind, boost your energy, and get you thinking of new options. So when do you try a walking coaching session?
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