Developing a Lunch and Learn Workshop

Crating a Lunch and Learn session is a low cost training option. It is a great way to introduce a topic or give a small demonstration on a new product or service. Your participants will be shown the criteria involved in creating a great Lunch and Learn environment. They are usually voluntary, thus attendance can sometimes be an issue. With this workshop you will be given the knowledge to work through this issue and others.

This workshop will give your organization a quick and useful tool to add to its training department. Your participants will be able to use it as a follow-up or refresher to a previous training session. It doesn’t have to be just about a learning event, it can also involve collaboration, networking, or sharing best practices between employees.

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • 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 Outline:

Module One: Getting Started

Housekeeping Items

The Parking Lot

Workshop Objectives

Action Plans and Evaluations

Module Two: The Prep Work 

Finding the Best the Location

Setting up the Location

Focus Group


Case Study

Module Three: Creating the Content (I) 

Picking the Right Topic

Hands on Works Great

Stay Focused

Keep it Informal

Case Study

Module Three: Review Questions

Module Four: Creating the Content (II)

Make It Interactive

Review it Thoroughly

Creating a Customized Presentation

Back It Up!

Case Study

Module Five: During the Session 

Ground Rules

Quick Opening

Parking Lot

Adjusting on the Fly

Case Study

Module Five: Review Questions

Module Six: Food and Facilities 

Providing Food?

People Bringing Their Own

Eat During or After?

Clean Up and Tear Down

Case Study

Module Six: Review Questions

Module Seven: Take Away Material 

Handouts and Take Away Material

Quizzes or Self-Tests

Website with Minutes and Session Notes

Reference Material or White Paper

Case Study

Module Seven: Review Questions

Module Eight: Difficult Situations or People 


Food Issues

Senior Management Buy In

Why Aren’t People Participating?

Case Study

Module Eight: 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

Module Nine: 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

Module Ten: 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

Module Eleven: Review Questions

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up 

Words from the Wise

Review of Parking Lot

Lessons Learned

Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations