Sweatworking: Is It the New Networking?

sweatworkingFast Company recently published an article by Susan Johnston about sweatworking. It’s a new way to network that has gained popularity lately because of healthier lifestyle trends.

According to the article, sweatworking is the act of meeting colleagues and clients while exercising. Patrick Llewellyn, CEO of 99designs says, “It gets the creative juices flowing when we get outside the office and build that camaraderie.”

People have started to meet at the gym or outside for a walk or run. They may play tennis together or go surfing. The number of options are endless. All it needs to be is something everyone enjoys.

People have been playing golf for years to get outside of the boardroom to discuss business. Sweatworking is a bit different, though. It involves activities that are more physical. They get your heart pumping and blood moving through the veins faster.

What’s great about this way to network is that people release endorphins when they are exercising. These feel good chemicals in the brain can affect the way people think and act. Since these endorphins often lead to feelings of positivity, that may end up leading to great business deals.

Just be careful because too much activity could end up ruining any progress. When the activity becomes too laborious, no one will be able to think clearly enough to do business. This could end up leading to additional meetings, which could be intercepted by other opportunities that take away any potential deals you may have had with them.

Good Sweatworking Ideas for a Successful Meeting

The following options can help you find the right amount of physical activity to have a successful business meeting.

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Playing tennis
  • Playing racquetball
  • Lifting weights
  • Playing basketball
  • Golfing
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Kickboxing
  • Yoga
  • Surfing

As you can see, many of these activities enable you to sweat next to your colleagues and clients. As you’re playing or working out, you can speak with them to ask about their thoughts on services, products or processes. As long as you and the people you are sweatworking with can recover quickly, you’ll find that the activity can be highly beneficial to achieving your goals.

Try this new way to network! Not only will you be meeting new people you might be able to collaborate with, but you’ll be getting some exercise too.

Not sure who you can sweatwork with? Start a Huddle. On HuddleDo, we have people in your local area who are interested in your business. All you have to do is look through the profiles on our site and then choose a few to set up a Huddle. You pick where to meet, so using a Huddle for sweatworking is perfect. Try it now to see how well it works for you!

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