One beautiful spring day while sitting in my office — feeling sedentary and yearning to be in the sunshine — I had an “aha” moment. I suddenly realized that my clients and I could do our coaching in the great outdoors, while moving. My Walk & Talk sessions were thus born!
Michigan, however, isn’t an especially hospitable climate in the depths of winter, and I wanted to continue working with clients all around the country. So I retained my Phone & Zoom sessions to stay connected and support clients everywhere, year-round. All three formats are terrific venues for coaching and we can mix-and-match from session to session as you desire.
Why Walk & Talk?
Nature is Nurturing. Getting outdoors helps us escape the confines and distractions of our indoor spaces and exposes us to fresh air, sunlight, and nature. This can bring a welcome feeling of spaciousness and help us slow down, be present, connect to ourselves, and think without pressure.
Movement is Magical. Moving our bodies increases circulation, causes more oxygen to reach our brains, and triggers the release of endorphins (happy hormones) that reduce anxiety and stress. Blood pressure also drops and mood increases. Walking thus supports our brains in being more alert and clear, making more connections, and experiencing more insights. It can also help us feel more connected to our bodies and somatic knowledge.
Casual is Comfortable. Walking is less formal than sitting face-to-face and is therefore more comfortable for many people. The conversation can feel more relaxed and flow with greater ease, and it can make silences more natural.
Walk & Talk FAQ
Q: How far will we walk?
The distance we walk will depend on our pace. You set the pace and I follow your lead. We can stop as often as you like to enjoy the scenery or sit for a spell.
Q: How physically fit do I need to be?
The trails we walk are mild-to-moderate in grade. While the Border To Border trail and one trail at the Botanic Garden are paved, the other trails are dirt/gravel. All trails can have tripping hazards, slippery spots, and uneven areas. Anyone engaging in Walk & Talk Sessions should be fit enough to walk comfortably and safely in these conditions.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
Regrettably, no. As much fun as it would be, I leave my dog at home so that I can focus one hundred percent on you during our Walk & Talk, and I ask that you do the same.
Q: Will we walk in the rain & snow?
It’s up to you. If you don’t mind walking in a light drizzle or light snow, I’m game. But if weather conditions are uncomfortable, questionable, or at all unsafe, we’ll communicate about switching to phone/video.
Q: What should I wear?
Check the forecast when getting ready for our Walk & Talks. Dress for the weather and trail conditions. Layers and good walking shoes are always recommended.