BDD Scenarios should be automated

Last February, I had this conversation with an agile coach (AC) at an organization in an agile transformation:

AC: – “We started up on BDD today!”

Me: – “Really? That’s awesome! Automating scenarios?”

AC: – “No, just writing scenarios.”

Me: -“So it’s not BDD… It’s specification by Example.”

AC: -“Why not? BDD doesn’t need test automation.”

Me: -“We can say that’s half way to BDD. Scenarios shall be automated after writing it.”

After few minutes, no agreement.