One of the many things for which Steve Jobs is known involves the 'walking meeting.' That is, when Jobs wanted to engage customers and colleagues, he would take them for a walk around the nearby area. According to Jobs’ biography, “taking a long walk was his preferred way to have a serious conversation." However, Steve Jobs was not the first to take this approach. The 'walking meeting' has also used by other notable thinkers such as Aristotle, Freud, Truman, and Dickens. Here are four reasons why:
- New environments can inspire new ideas and stimulate creativity.
- Walking and talking side by side allows you to eliminate the hierarchical work distinctions and face to face setup. A walking meeting sets people at ease and enhances a positive working spirit.
- Movement allows the mind to become more flexible and can help stimulate the right side of the brain.
- By being outdoors, with fresh air and light, you can improve physical and mental well-being.