Every month at Bayt.com 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 Bayt.com 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 Bayt.com 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