Seven Tips on How to Add More Motion to Meetings

In this article by Stephanie Overby, appearing in EnterprisersProject.com, she presents some tips, as prescribed by Laura Putnam, for managers who wish to introduce more movement into meetings. Laura Putnam is the CEO of San Francisco wellness consultancy Motion Infusion, and author of Workplace Wellness That Works.

Tips to Help You Incorporate More Movement into Meetings

Putnam offers seven tips in this regard, let’s take a look at them below:

  1. Expectations and Concerns: People are a little put off by the mere mention of movement and physical activity. Therefore, always qualify it with an ‘if you’re able to’ in the meeting invitation. Besides, provide options for beginners, as well as options for more advanced persons. Also, you can start off with seated exercises, before moving to standing ones.
  2. Little Steps: Make your first standing or walking meeting a short one. Early on, IT leaders could make headway in this direction by allowing people to stand up during a normal (non-standing or non-walking) meeting.
  3. Opportunities for Movement: Give people a reason to move by incorporating the use of flip charts, clip boards, props and sticky notes in meetings.
  4. Stretching Breaks: Stretching breaks are something you can consider as well. Start off with small movements such as stretches for fingers and wrists, before moving on to other stretches.
  5. Let the Movement Match the Meeting: While walking meetings are a great option for one-on-ones, they do not work for meetings where note-taking is required – a standing meeting will be better suited. In this vein, set up both standing and sitting tables for meetings, where lectures can be presented at the sitting tables, and brainstorming sessions can be conducted at the standing tables.
  6. Prompts: For walking meetings, prompts can help spark discussions, especially if it is a longer meeting.
  7. Normalize it: Make motion meetings a norm by getting buy-ins and the necessary encouragement from leaders and managers.

Click on the following link to view the original article in full: https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2019/2/standing-walking-meetings-how-to

Sapna Hiremath

Sapna S Hiremath is currently working as a Content Specialist Lead for CAI Info India. With experiences of having worked for newspapers after pursuing a Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism, she has worked in the thriving fields of Search Engine Marketing, online shopping and healthcare. Being an avid traveler, she likes being in the serene landscapes of nature, but also likes being around friends.

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