You can provide ongoing training—on a shoestring budget—by starting a book club. It’s simple: The team commits to reading a book by a selected due date, and then you meet to discuss what you have learned.
Follow these steps to make a book club part of your training plans:
- List the topics you want to cover. Examples: , PowerPoint, , . Aim for one topic a month. Then search online for books on that month’s skill. Pick a few books for each topic so that you can give the team a choice of what to read. Then vote as a team to pick the book.
- Meet to discuss the process. At the beginning of each month, hold a meeting to hand out copies of the book, to set a deadline for finishing the reading and to provide a list of discussion questions employees should answer as they read the book. Include these questions: “What was most important to you?” “What did you learn that was new?” “Did you disagree with any parts of the book?”
- Provide enough time to read the book. Three to four weeks is ideal. You want employees to benefit from the reading, not be stressed out by it.
- Reconvene to discuss what you’ve read. Ask for people’s initial thoughts on the book. Then go over the discussion questions.
- Apply the learning to work. Choose one or two ideas that you will implement starting immediately.