Developing a Lunch and Learn

Workshop Overview:

The working lunch can develop a negative reputation among employees. It often involves being in a roomful of other people with low blood sugar, trying to stay awake while someone drones on about policies, procedures, etc. Lunch and learns, however, should be engaging and enjoyable. Hosting a lunch and learn correctly will improve employee satisfaction and the quality of employee training.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand what a lunch and learn is and is not
  • Be able to set up and break down
  • Create new content
  • Address difficult situations and people
  • Create useful takeaways
  • Use feedback to improve future lunch and learns

Course Module:

Module One: Getting Started

  • Workshop Objectives

Module Two: The Prep Work

  • Finding the Best Location
  • Setting up the Location
  • Focus Group
  • Practice
  • Case Study
  • Review Questions

Module Three: Creating the Content (I)

  • Picking the Right Topic
  • Hands on Works Great
  • Stay Focused
  • Keep It Informal
  • Case Study
  • Review Questions

Module Four: Creating the Content (II)

  • Make It Interactive
  • Review It Thoroughly
  • Creating a Customized Presentation
  • Back It Up!
  • Case Study
  • Review Questions

Module Five: During the Session

  • Ground Rules
  • Quick Opening
  • Parking Lot
  • Adjusting on the Fly
  • Case Study
  • Review Questions

Module Six: Food and Facilities

  • Providing Food?
  • People Bringing Their Own
  • Eat During or After?
  • Clean up or Teardown
  • Case Study
  • Review Questions

Module Seven: Take Away Material

  • Handouts and Take Away Material
  • Quizzes or Self-Tests
  • Websites with Minutes and Session Notes
  • Reference Material or White Paper
  • Case Study
  • Review Questions

Module Eight: Difficult Situations or People

  • Disruptions
  • Food Issues
  • Senior Management Buy in
  • People Not Participating?
  • Case Study
  • Review Questions

Module Nine: What a Lunch and Learn Is Not

  • Heavy or Serious Topics
  • Required Training
  • Replacement for Traditional Training
  • Just a Free Lunch
  • Case Study
  • Review Questions

Module Ten: Best Practices (I)

  • Obtain Feedback and Tweak
  • Utilize Star Employees
  • Provide an Agenda Ahead of Time
  • Keep the Session Casual and Loose
  • Case Study
  • Review Questions

Module Eleven: Best Practices (II)

  • Use It as a Refresher
  • Networking Opportunity
  • Upper Management Q&A Session
  • Put It on a Regular Schedule
  • Case Study
  • Review Questions

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

  • Words from the Wise