Great Lunch and Learn Ideas
How to Handle Stress. Everyone has stress, even if it’s good stress. Recovering from the death of a loved one is stressful, and so is planning a wedding or getting ready for the holidays. Your presenter can teach people that stress comes in all forms and show them how to use stress management techniques to relax.
Self Defense. This won’t cost you much if someone on your staff is already trained in one of the martial arts. Don’t expect him to teach people how to give the old one-two to street gangsters! What he will demonstrate is how to escape a hold and what items in your pockets can be used as weapons. He will also show people how to walk and present themselves as confident individuals in order to deter would-be attackers.
Managing Your Retirement Funds. Many people, both young and old, don’t understand common financial terms. Your speaker can teach the definitions of mutual funds, stocks and bonds, certificates of deposit, trust funds, and more. She can explain when it’s good to divide retirement funds up into riskier funds and when to go for safe bets.
Setting up Educational Savings Accounts for Your Children. Most states allow for some kind of tax-deferred savings plan for education costs. Your presenter will show people that their savings will grow, even if they save just a little at a time. There are other options out there as well, such as encouraging grandparents or relatives to contribute to the savings funds as part of birthday or holiday gifts, or recruiting the entire family network to participate in plans like Upromise.
Exercising at Your Desk. Many workers get drowsy around mid-afternoon, and you’ve got to get them perked up! Your employees will shake away the mid-day blues if they simply get up from their desks for a few minutes each hour to bend down and touch their toes. Your presenter will demonstrate how to do pushups from the edge of the desk or the wall; stay seated and do quad stretches by flexing the legs and ankles; stand up and perform shoulder rolls.
Nutrition. No list of Lunch and Learn ideas is complete without something on nutrition. In fact, you can get several Lunch and Learns out of this topic. For starters, have your speaker talk about popular foods in a low glycemic diet and teach your workers why they should choose complex over simple carbs. Another great topic is explaining the Mediterranean diet, or simply doing a presentation on the role of proteins, carbs, and fats—and just how much a person needs of each in his daily diet.