Trainer Tip – The Book Club
This is a fantastic trend to enhance learning consolidation, taking the norm of training manuals and training resources and stretching it to another level. It requires stretching too from all stakeholders involved in the training!
The trend begins at providing delegates with books to back up and extend the learning experience, and goes on to include discussion meetings and even a book club in the workplace, magnifying the knowledge gained in training.
Here are some pointers …
- Determine if delegates are interested in a book club – reading a recommended book in their own time and then meeting at lunch once a week to discuss the book.
- Get the employer to buy the books – one per person rather than sharing so your delegates feel unpressured as members of the book club.
- Determine the number of chapters the group wants to read each week. Select a volunteer to lead the book discussion and a volunteer to lead the discussion about the relevance of the book’s messages to your organisation. Select a regular meeting time.
- Read, meet, discuss – you probably need to allow around 15 hours for the reading and participation.
And some further thoughts …
- When the group completes the book, select another book.
- Consider attracting additional members to form a cross functional book club for company team building and the cross functional viewpoint.
- Consider a vote amongst participants to determine the next book.
We’d love to hear from you on this idea and would like to thank Susan M Heathfield at humanresources.about.com for this idea.