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Learn Hour: Learning Programs During Lunch Hour



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Turn Your Employees Lunch Hour into a Learn Hour: Short and Powerful Programs

A Learn Hour program is a training or presentation session offered to employees during a lunch hour. It may be held in employee cafeterias, auditoriums, conference rooms, or even an open space in a department. It's done to inform or inspire employees, cover issues or initiatives, fulfill requirements, or create a workplace of learning, communication and collaboration.

  • Most of these programs require little or no facilitation.
  • The ones that need facilitation come with a Leader’s Guide, Handouts and PowerPoint Slides to make facilitation easy.
  • Those that don’t need facilitation are either video presentations or Table-Top Training Kits for a team of 5 at a time learning together.

Read and choose the programs that meet your needs, and start turning employee Lunch Hour into Learn Hour.

Lunch is often provided by the organization, or a department, as an enticement for employees to attend the training and give up their lunch time. If this is not possible, employees are usually asked to bring their lunch in a brown bag to the session.


Organizations find it beneficial to provide learning programs during lunch for many reasons:

  • Improve employee skills
  • Create the learning organization
  • Reinforce the corporate culture
  • Create awareness of critical issues
  • Introduce new initiatives
  • Compliment training and development programs
  • Improve communication throughout the organization
  • Offer it as employee perk (if company provides the lunch)
  • Build team spirit (people who eat and learn together, work better together.)
  • Raise employee morale
  • Establish a caring organizational climate
  • Satisfy state or federally mandated programs such as health and safety requirements
  • A team may do it to start a project


How to Turn Employees Lunch Hour into Learn Hour

  • Design it carefully to offer a blend of information, interest and excitement.
  • Market it effectively, mentioning that lunch will be provided.
  • Select training or presentation topics that are important, fun, or both
  • Highlight the benefits of attending.
  • Invite key, popular people to participate to show leadership commitment and indicate value.
  • Get maximum mileage out of it by promoting its role as a corporate culture builder and morale booster.
  • Don't spend too much on food, yet don't be too stingy either. Moderation is best.
  • Invite speakers from within the organization but make sure they are effective speakers or your program will lose its good reputation fast.
  • You may get speakers from outside. Some local businesses, social or cultural organizations or personalities might send you speakers at no cost.
  • Your training department might want to offer short, fast, and fun Mini-workshops to support their training efforts

(See below for ready-to-deliver training programs specifically designed for fast learning during lunch hour.)


Our Learn-Hour Mini Workshops offer the following benefits:

  • You get everything you need to hold a complete training workshop or presentation in as little as 45 minutes and to up to two hours if you want.

  • Some programs come with a Leader's Guide and PowerPoint slides which take you step-by-step through the process of facilitating the workshop.

  • Some programs are delivered by e-mail, saving you shipping dollars and time. The others, like the video presentations and the Table-Top Training Kits, must be shipped to you.

These programs are offered at a price not often seen in the world of training, ranging from $95 up to $249


Teach Employees During Lunch How to Work as a Team

A Team Building and Improvement Mini Workshop in One or Two Hours

You get every thing you need to deliver this activity-based session:

  • A Leader's Guide with step-by-step instructions for every minute of the session.
  • Participant's Sheets to reprint and distribute to participants.
  • A set of PowerPoint slides to accompany the materials.
  • A number of activities, exercises, stories, a poem, and discussion points.
  • A complete TEAM Profile, which provides an assessment-style inventory to help participants assess the effectiveness of their team.
  • A Six Part Strategy to strengthen and improve the overall effectiveness of the team.
  • The materials and activities cover the six key factors that impact the effectiveness of any team:
    • Mission & Goals •
    • Roles & Responsibilities
    • Processes and Procedures
    • Commitment & Enthusiasm
    • Interpersonal Relationships and Communication
    • Learning & Continuous Improvement

Participants will be able to:

  • Assess the effectiveness of their team, using the TEAM Profile
  • Understand the Six Pillars of Effective Teams
  • Work to improve each of the six pillars
  • Create an Action Plan for increasing the effectiveness of their team.

Order The Power of Teams Learn-Hour Mini-Workshop wth Leader's Guide and PP Slides  (one hour) now for $119

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Face To Face Communication: One-On-One Influencing Skills to Build Rapport and Achieve Results


Face To Face Communication: One-On-One Influencing Skills to Build Rapport and Achieve Results

With Leader's Guide, Participant Handouts, and PowerPoint Slides

With interactive exercises and role plays, participants will learn the following powerful speaking and influencing techniques:

  • Give Positive Messages
  • Make "I" Statements
  • Describe The Behavior, Not the Person
  • Focus on the Future
  • Be Specific
  • Use Empowering Language
  • Ask, Invite, and involve
Purchase (in MS Word & PowerPoint)for $119.00

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Developing a Communication Style That Works


How To Develop a Style of Communication That Creates Collaboration and Results

With Leader's Guide, Participant Handouts, and PowerPoint Slides

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop awareness of how their personal communication style impacts and shapes the results they obtain from the communication process.
  • Discover the different communication styles available: Aggressive, Passive, and Positive (or Assertive)
  • Understand how each style produces different results
  • Practice and role-play the different styles of communication and assess positive and negative outcomes
  • Develop a communication style that builds trust and respect.

Purchase in (MS Word & PowerPoint) for $119.00

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Developing Effective Listening Skills


With Leader's Guide, Participant Handouts, and PowerPoint Slides.

There has been a lot of emphasis on teaching people how to speak effectively, how to influence others, how to deliver effective presentations, and how to write letters and memos.

But there has not been enough emphasis on teaching people how to listen more effectively to reach full understanding, agreement, and collaboration.

This Lunch & Learn workshop in one hour, with materials for up to two hours of training, fills this critical need.

The program covers:

  • Listening Skills Profile / assessment with interpretations
  • Why is listening a problem?
  • The Three Modes of Listening
  • Listening / feedback exercise
  • Exercise: The Communication Train
  • The Ten Commandments for Effective Listening
  • Listening To Angry People / Customers

Purchase (in MS Word & PowerPoint) for $119.00


Bill Gates in Conversation With Stanford President John Hennessy

Program Highlights:

  • Prototypes of new devices that will change the ways we learn and communicate.
  • The web services dream and future of e-commerce.
  • The critical need for research--what we've learned, and what's on the horizon.

In this lively and informative presentation, Bill Gates gives you his perspective on where technology is going from where it is today. Expanding on his belief that we're still "really just at the beginning," he shares his goals for the current decade-advances in networking and application interactivity; increases in reliability and ease of use; and improvements in productivity, as information sharing becomes more and more efficient.

During a candid question and answer session fielded by John Hennessy, Gates responds to issues ranging from privacy to security concerns; and from intellectual property protection to current limitations on broadband access. (2002)

William H. (Bill) Gates is Chairman and Chief Software Architect of Microsoft Corporation, the world's leading provider of software for personal computers. He began programming at age 13, and by 1974, while an undergraduate at Harvard, he had developed a version of BASIC for the first microcomputer. He formed Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975. Microsoft today employs more than 40,000 people in 60 countries.

Bill Gates Video Length: 57 mins. (2002)

Purchase for $95.00


Leadership in a Wired World - (Love Is the Killer App) Video Presentation


By Tim Sanders, Chief Solutions Officer,Yahoo and Author of the New York Times best-seller Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends


  • The new value-creators: knowledge, networks, and compassion.
  • The downfall of the barracudas and sharks, and their replacement by the nice and smart..
  • How "niceness" creates - not just good PR - but bottom-line profits.

Tim Sanders doesn't fit the corporate mold. He looks too young; he dresses "mod" and he preaches compassion, telling today's business leaders why they should become "lovecats." But he seems to be on to something. His new book,  "Love is the Killer App" is flying off the shelves, and the rave reviews on average four stars.

In this presentation, Sanders explains his advocacy of compassion, and helps us understand why genuine kindness and caring make bottom-line sense. Sanders believes that, in a wired world, nice guys finish first.

Prior to becoming a senior member of the Yahoo! management team, Tim Sanders developed audio and video broadcast ventures for's Business Services Division. There he was responsible for the legendary Victoria's Secret fashion show webcast, and worked with a variety of clients including Harvard University, Dell Computers, Intel and Ford Motors.

DVD Video Length: 41 mins. (2003) - $95.00


How to Build a Brand: The For Dummies Experience (Video)

Program Highlights: The For Dummies experience. Avoid temptations which dilute your message. "Branding" is more than just a current buzzword.

A successful brand builds customer trust and loyalty by being easily identifying and consistent in quality and presentation. The IDG Books' For Dummies series set the course for the company's dynamic, brand-focused growth, John Kilcullen describes the strategies and tactics that have taken his brand from one obscure computer manual to a publishing empire which touches on an incredible array of lifelong learning topics, from business to sports, from art to wine, from gardening to home improvement, and beyond.

John Kilcullen graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Communications from Fordham College in New York. Before joining IDG Books Worldwide, he spent nine years in various sales and marketing management positions at publishing industry leaders Prentice-Hall, the Bantam/Doubleday/Dell Publishing Group and computer book publisher Que. Mr. Kilcullen has been profiled in the Investor's Business Daily, The New York Times, People Magazine, and USA Today and has been seen in CNBC, CNN, and CNNfn.

Length: 49 mins. (2000) - DVD $95.00


How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People - Executive Briefing Video


Program Highlights:

  • Common assumptions about workers that are totally wrong.
  • Why money is a terrible motivator.
  • People-centered practices that can double productivity.

Challenging the prevailing wisdom that companies must chase and acquire outside talent in order to remain successful, Dr. O'Reilly argues instead that the source of sustained competitive advantage already exists within every organization. O'Reilly's prescription for an overheated labor market: abandon the obsession with hiring high-priced stars and instead, motivate ordinary people to build a great company and achieve extraordinary results.

Charles O'Reilly III is the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Frank E. Buck Professor of Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior. Last year, he was a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School. He holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Texas, as well as an MBA in information systems and a PhD in organizational behavior, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. O'Reilly is the author of Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People.

Length: 52 mins. (2001) - DVD $95.00

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