Growing up, I was dragged to the driving range with family to learn how to play golf. Many times I was told, "You're a natural," so I was brought to the range more and more.
I remember sitting on the bench one day, as I watched my brother perfect his game, wondering why the heck I kept coming here. If I was such a natural, then why did I find the game boring? It was brought to my attention that I should learn the game to help me succeed when I grow up. What?
Business meetings. So many people "make deals" or "network" on the golf course. As a female, it was even more important for me to learn this "man's game" to help pave my career path. With this on my mind, I tried to learn the game and perfect my swing, which I did. But to me, I didn't want to have "meetings" on the greens.
After going out a few times and hitting some balls, I decided I'd rather golf for fun than make this a "meeting" spot. Soon my meetings started happening instead in restaurants or coffee shops.
It wasn't until a colleague suggested we go for a run instead of a lunch meeting. I never thought about meeting someone out on the trails. Without hesitation I said, "That sounds like fun!"
I laced up my shoes, gathered my thoughts, and drove to the agreed running destination. Not knowing each other's skill level, we started off slowly, chit chatting about current events. Soon we got talking about business, then our pace picked up and, before I knew it, our run was over.
It was so refreshing. We collaborated on some new ideas and got in a solid hour on hilly trails. I walked into the office and told my colleagues that I think I found my new meeting room: a running trail.
I understand that not everyone would like to run, but why not take some meetings outside on the pavement? Walking is certainly an option. It helps clear your mind, gets your blood flowing, and burns calories.
This just confirmed another reason why I love running. In fact, according to Ace Fitness, a nine-month study showed that 80 executives who participated in some sort of exercise routine daily increase their fitness levels by 22 percent, and improved their abilities to make complex decisions by 70 percent, compared to their sedentary peers.
Exercise helps people focus, think clearly, learn more effectively, and reduce stress. To me, meetings can be dull, tiring or stale. Taking a meeting outside can help motivate colleagues to solve problems and think creatively outside the box.
The traditional "lets meet on the golf course" or in a conference room can be a thing of the past. Lace up your shoes and get your minds flowing outdoors.
Thinking about taking your meetings elsewhere? Try one of these other ideas:
- Nature Hike
- Racquetball Court
- Bike Ride
- Pool (especially if you're training for a triathlon).
- Basketball Court
Have you ever had a running meeting? Comment below and let us know what your experience was like.
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