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Budget-friendly training method

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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:

  1. List the topics you want to cover. Examples: management, PowerPoint, communicating effectively, time management. 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.
  2. 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?”
  3. 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.
  4. Reconvene to discuss what you’ve read. Ask for people’s initial thoughts on the book. Then go over the discussion questions.
  5. Apply the learning to work. Choose one or two ideas that you will implement starting immediately.

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