Have you ever thought about taking your meetings out of the office? In today’s increasingly progressive work environment, you don’t necessarily have to take every meeting in a boardroom or in an office at all. Between emerging technological advances (Google Hangout, Skype, mobile conference calls, etc.) and evolving company culture on the rise, allowing for telecommute and flexible schedules, it’s becoming easier than ever to break away from the traditional office. More and more meetings are being conducted on walks, bike rides, on board transit and from the comfort of a home office.
Don’t just sit there; join the movement with an ‘out of the box’ meeting!
As Austin’s-own Green Realtor, ShawnMon, continues to reinvent his business model, he’s discovered that CapMetro’s RedLine is a perfect host for a meeting on-the-go. He says, “I like to break out my laptop and knock out a quick 20 minutes of work and make a few calls while I’m riding. MetroRail accommodates you and your bike. I think it would be cool to have a business meeting on the metro rail. Each front table seats four, and you could tour for a full hour, so why not, right?” Sure, why not? That sounds good to us!
Walk & Talk:
Follow Steve Jobs’ lead with the walk and talk meeting–it’s not only good for your health, but can also help build work relationships according to visionary author and TED2013 speaker, Nilofer Merchant. Merchant says she was, “Overweight and stressed from the 20 meetings she had scheduled every week.” Alternately, she has now replaced a portion of those meetings with one-on-one walking.
In today’s work environment, people commonly sit for an average of 9.3 hours each day, which is more than the average time spent sleeping (7.7 hours daily). That can amount to a huge chunk of your waking hours being spent immobile, which is cause for major health issues over time. Recent studies have echoed Merchant’s belief that “sitting is the new smoking.” The more you stand and walk on a daily basis the better, and long, slow, steady walks are actually the most beneficial for your health. So do yourself a favor and step outside for your next meeting by walking with a coworker or phoning it in if you can!
Skype and Google Hangout are just a couple of telecommuting tools that make it easy to connect with your peers anywhere in the world, all you need is your phone or computer and a WiFi signal.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve taken a meeting? Leave us a comment. We’d love to hear all about it!