Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

English native expression walk the talk

Who do you look up to?

Who do you admire?

Is there a singer or athlete that you think sets a great example and inspires you?

Why do you look up to them?

What are their core values or messages for the public?

Would you say they “walk the talk”?

What does that phrase mean? Today we’ll find out what it means and how to use it.


Hi Lindsay. Hope you are fine.

Thank you for reading my message! And of course thank you, Michelle and Jessica for the greatest podcast ever! So, I heard from a native the expression “walk the talk”. Could you please explain what that means and how we can use it? And if possible tell us more expressions like this one? 😀

Thanks again.  Have a wonderful day.


The expression “walk the talk” comes from this American phrase:

“If you’re going to talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk.”


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What does it mean?

To perform action consistent with one’s claims- dictionary


When do we use it:

  • It could be related to someone talking boastfully or bragging and saying they can do something or will do something.
  • An athlete talking about his or her self-discipline, but he doesn’t walk the walk if he is getting pulled over for DUI or if he is not in shape for a game
  • A coach who sets an example for his students by eating a 100% plant-based diet then you see him at McDonald’s. He doesn’t walk the talk.


Related terms:

  • To be in integrity
  • To be credible
  • To be all talk
  • To be a straight shooter
  • To set a good example
  • To practice what you preach


Quote from Tony Robbins:

“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.” Anthony Robbins


Here is a challenge for you:

Ask yourself, what is one area of your life where you are not “walking the talk”?

You are not doing what you say you are going to do.

This is a personal exercise. We know when our actions are not aligned with our words.

It’s good to do this once in a while, step back and think about our life goals and whether our daily actions are moving us toward those goals or further away from them.


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