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Lunching and Learning – Here’s How to Do It the Right Way

We’ve all experienced a classic Lunch and Learn at the office, whether that be for skills training, product training, professional or personal development. The catering might have gotten people in the door, but if you don’t follow through with a captivating and educational presentation that leaves attendees feeling curious, interested and maybe even charmed, you’re not doing it right. Here are three ways you can leverage your lunch and learn.

1. Engage Curiosity. Take it a step beyond just a PowerPoint presentation – provide an environment that encourages attendees to ask questions and engage with the presenter.Although everyone appreciates visuals, rolling through a deck in front of a group of people is bound to end in glazed-over looks and minimal engagement. Include eye-opening pictures, funny videos, thoughtful questions and interesting facts. Also consider introducing a hands-on activity or game to perpetuate conversation and creative thinking.

Psst… How boring does this presentation look?

2. Capitalize on Wellness. If there’s one thing most employees wish they could do more of, it’s spending more time outside, exercising or anything else that allows them to avoid being stuck in a chair for 8-10 hours a day. Host a monthly lunch and learn that encourages just that, personal wellness, be it an exercise class, friendly (or competitive) game or an activity that will get heart rates up. Better yet, host the meeting outside!

3. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun. Teaching employees something new can be mentally stimulating and a great energy boost, even if it’s not directly tied in to their day-today work. Consider a cooking class that focuses on food that maximizes your productivity, or a yoga class that teaches instant stress-relievers or even a gift-wrapping class during the holidays. 

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