STEP UP YOUR MEETING SKILLS
I always try to wave at Clients and greet them by name as I approach them. This way I’m not accidentally sneaking up on them. Most people don’t like to be startled or scared unless they are watching a scary movie or at a haunted house or something.
After I make first contact and introduce myself, I ask, “Are you ready to walk?”
Sometimes people need to take a second to tie their shoe or get their backpack on or something. When the Client is ready, I click the “Start Walk” button on the People Walker app and we start walking.
FIRST STEPS TO BREAKING THE ICE
When I’m on a walk, breaking the ice is much easier, because the scenery is always changing. That said, I do have some go to ice breakers I like to use that need no context. Here they are:
- How’s the weather out here?
- Where are you from?
- What do you do when you’re working for the weekend?
Beyond these very basic ice breakers, I just try to be mindful and use my surroundings to break the ice for me. Nothing breaks the pond ice like springtime. Here are some things I look for to point out to Client:
- Dogs or other animals
- Interesting flowers or plants
WATCH YOUR STEP
A safe and enjoyable walk is what I’m always trying to deliver to my Clients. Here are some things I do to stay safe while walking:
- Look both ways before crossing the street even in a crosswalk
- Follow posted signs and crosswalk signals
- Make eye contact with drivers
- Avoid streets without sidewalks and walk facing traffic when there is no sidewalk
- Stay alert! Stay alert like a tiger in the night!
PRO TIP: Entering a crosswalk when the countdown signal has started is a ticketable offense in some areas.
When the walk is over, I hope to always leave Clients in a better mood than when I met them.
I make a point of taking my phone out and pressing “End Walk” in the People Walker app, so they know that they aren’t being charged and the walk is technically over.
Then I say, “Awesome walk!” Sometimes I give the Client a high five, but only if I’m feeling it and I feel like they’re feeling it.
Finally, I say, “It was great meeting you! It was great walking with you! We should walk again sometime! LOOK OVER THERE!!!”
When the Client looks over there, I quickly walk away in the opposite direction. It’s mysterious, funny, and leaves them wanting more.
MAKE YOUR OWN PATH
Besides the safety tips, these are all just suggestions, tips, and examples of how I walk. Choose your own path, and if there isn’t one, make it (in a metaphorical way). If a Client chooses to walk with you, they are choosing to walk with you, not anyone else. If you are mindful, genuine, kind, and open, you will leave every walk a better Walker and a better person. That’s progress, even if you walk in a circle.