Lunch and Learns: Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

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We have all been to a lunch and learn at one point in time. The question is – have you been able to reap all of the benefits you could have?

I know from experience that I will attend a lunch and learn simply because the topic has caught my interest and do not always apply the learning. For example, I attended a session related to public speaking a couple of weeks ago. It was incredibly informative and while I was in attendance I was extremely motivated to take back what I had learned into my professional life. The first short presentation I gave after the session included all of the great tips I had learned. The second presentation, that occurred two weeks later, I failed to include one thing I had learned! Have you ever had a similar experience?

It is funny how so many lunch and learns we attend can be so beneficial yet so underutilized. Last week, I held a second A.S.K. Leadership Assessment workshop in Wetaskiwin. We called this workshop a lunch and learn because we it ran from noon to three and we enjoyed a nice lunch while going through the competency framework to discover our learning priorities to help us better meet each of our organization’s mission. It definitely seemed to me that those in attendance, myself included, benefited from the networking and information learned. The questions are: will the participants and myself, keep in touch with each other and fill our identified learning gaps?  I would most definitely like to believe we will do both of these things. Unfortunately, all good intentions aside, life happens and our memories let good intentions slide. So, the question is how can you get the best bang for your buck when attending an A.S.K. Leadership Assessment Workshop or attending a workshop/seminar/course to fill your identified learning gaps after a workshop?

Here are some tips:
  • Make an organized follow-up plan. For example, if you have taken an A.S.K. Leadership Assessment Workshop go straight to to find match your learning gaps with learning priorities and register for a course! If you cannot find one that interests you contact me or your local RCC and we will find one for you.
  • Follow up with networks as soon as you have time so you do not forget and invite them to have a one-on-one to discuss future work partnership or even friendships.
  • After six months, redo the Leaders Assessment Questionnaire and create a new plan and give yourself a pat on the back. Remember this is about continuous learning – it never stops and is always enlightening. Life would be pretty boring if we already knew everything.
  • Stick to the plan! Mark a reminder in your calendar so you don’t forget.

If you would like help finding learning opportunities in your area that match your need or would like to hold an A.S.K. Leadership Assessment workshop in your area contact me:

Victoria Poschadel | P: 780.945.6134 | E:

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