Yesterday, I had the honor of doing a closing keynote at the Nonprofit Bootcamp in Silicon Valley on bringing activity and mindfulness into your work day. If you have been reading this blog, you know that I’ve been very interested in the health and productivity impact of walking as work. There is documented research that it not only helps you become more fit, but can also help with leadership development, team building, networking and relationship building, and creativity and innovation. (More about the research in these blog posts)
And, I’m hearing from more and more nonprofit folks about doing walking meetings. Last week, during a convening at the Gates Foundation, they made up buddy up with another participant and go for a 20 minute walk to discuss one of the challenges identified by group.
.@kanter Rachael Stark & I walked along the Waterfront, Downtown Crossing, &the Freedom Trail. #technobabes #nptech pic.twitter.com/CxTLGQKUYn
— DeborahElizabethFinn (@Deborah909) June 4, 2014
I was the closing speaker of the day, always challenge when you are the person keeping people seated and the next session is the wine and cheese reception. My original plan was to do a brief overview and then have participants take a 20 minute walk on the Microsoft Campus to discuss what they learned during the day and then debrief about the experience. But, due to some horrible traffic in the morning, the conference was delayed and running 30 minutes behind, so I needed to shortened my session to 15 minutes.
So, I decided to deliver this presentation as a walking presentation. We walked as a group, follow the leader style, while I gave a 7 minute presentation on the benefits of walking as work. It was captured on instagram here.
Have you incorporated walking into your work life? How?