Ev­ery month at we in­vite ex­perts and busi­ness lead­ers to speak on var­i­ous top­ics as part of a monthly brown bag ses­sion. Top­ics pre­sented range from per­sonal devel­op­ment to skill devel­op­ment and more. Guest speak­ers pro­vide an im­por­tant per­spec­tive on your field of work, and such ses­sions are good pub­lic re­la­tions both for the speak­ers and for your com­pany. So if you know a cap­ti­vat­ing, dy­namic speaker who would in­spire em­ploy­ees and make their work eas­ier and more in­ter­est­ing to do, then by all means, ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion. This type of guest can be of great ser­vice to the stu­dents by pro­vid­ing an ad­di­tional way to con­sider the pri­mary topic and its cen­tral prin­ci­ples and is­sues. For ex­am­ple, hav­ing a charis­matic con­duc­tor speak about con­vey­ing emo­tion in music would help en­rich stu­dents' think­ing in a class on emo­tions; an in­flu­en­tial gallery cu­ra­tor speak­ing about the por­trayal of de­pres­sion in art could fa­cil­i­tate stu­dents' devel­op­ment be­yond the bound­aries of their dis­ci­pline. The Ca­reer Devel­op­ment in the Mid­dle East sur­vey shows that train­ing by ex­ter­nal pro­fes­sional train­ers was iden­ti­fied as the most pre­ferred method of train­ing for 47% of re­spon­dents.

Of course, or­gan­i­sa­tions dif­fer, and so do their needs. The best ap­proach would be to use more than one method and see how each method works. Cus­tomise the train­ing plan ac­cord­ing to your needs, and re­mem­ber that your em­ploy­ees have needs too. Ac­cord­ing to the Ca­reer Devel­op­ment in the Mid­dle East sur­vey, 31% of pro­fes­sional re­spon­dents said they are very dis­sat­is­fied with their su­per­vi­sor's ef­forts to iden­tify their strengths and weak­nesses, and 29% are ex­tremely un­happy with the qual­ity of ori­en­ta­tion and train­ing they re­ceive. We en­cour­age you to sit with your em­ploy­ees and dis­cuss what they are look­ing for. Set goals and sched­ules, and be sure that every­one com­mu­ni­cates openly and freely, and give con­tin­u­ous feed­back to help em­ploy­ees un­der­stand what they need to im­prove, and how they can reach their goals

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