This morning I was talking to a colleague about the different methods I use for coaching. The standard ones – but also using art, narrative discourse. And walking.
There is something about walking that is incredibly grounding. There is a rhythm. There are natural silences. There are opportunities to re-boot ideas and boot out redundant ones. On a coaching walk we cover new ground, new routes. This resonates with fundamental coaching goals that are about only repeating habits when they work, aiming to be more conscious of when they don’t work and then finding good habits to replace them.
Walking the Talk generates a different sort of coaching dynamic. It makes silence easier, it slows down the thought processes and leaves a natural space for reflection. That kinetic energy is rhythmic and soothing and means your head is up and you are scanning the horizon, not simply plodding along one foot in front of the other. You can see where you are going, you have a purpose.
Steve Jobs was known for talking a long walk when there were serious conversations to be had. With himself and with others. Walking the Talk sessions with my clients always end positively – partly because it is a novelty but mostly because we never tread the same path. We find new routes to resolve old problems. And we are in an environment where the horizon is way beyond the metaphorical confines of a room. You should try it!