TED Talk Tuesday: Got a Meeting? Take a Walk

By Tinuiti Team

OK sure, this may not be as profound or inspiring as a commencement speech from Steve Jobs or a man’s final thoughts before his plane crashed (previous TED Talk Tuesdays), but hey, your bottom needs attention, too. This is a short, highly insightful, and relevant talk to those who spend hours on end (no pun intended) at the office. Sitting is serious business, and here’s why you need to know about it. Key takeaways at the bottom.

Nilofer Merchant: Got a Meeting? Take a Walk.

Key Takeaways:

Meetings on the go are good for 3 main reasons:

1) It’s good for your health. Office dwellers, and many of us are, form a habit of being sedentary week in and week out. Yes, this is American, but clearly not conducive to a healthy, active lifestyle.

2) It generates new ideas. Being stuck in your usual surroundings on a daily basis can really hinder your creativity. You start to get tunnel vision and tend to think more inside the box. The same goes for writing. You have to revisit your work after a couple days break to really look at it from a fresh perspective. If you change your surroundings and your context, you can start to look at things differently.

3) It gets you out of the office. Sort of like #2, but an excuse to get out of the office and stretch your legs is always welcome. We started having our marketing brainstorming meetings outside, and quite simply, it’s a revelation.

******Special Tip (courtesy of @Nii_Ahene): Speaking of backsides, gentleman, don’t sit on your wallets at work. It’s bad for your spine and refraining from doing so will do wonders for your back.

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