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75 Virtual Lunch and Learn Topics for Your Team in 2023

Published on August 2, 2022 • Updated on December 7, 2022 • About 7 min. read

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75 Virtual Lunch and Learn Topics for Your Team in 2022

A virtual lunch and learn is a great way to keep your team connected and engaged when working remotely. These are online sessions where employees learn about new topics, share insights, and connect with colleagues. There are many different types of virtual lunch and learns you can hold, and the topics you cover will depend on the interests of your team.

We have compiled a list of 75 virtual lunch and learn topics and a few actionable tips so you can host your own sessions for employee growth and development.

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75 virtual lunch and learn topics to inspire you

An employee attending a virtual lunch and learn session remotely

Here's our list of 75 lunch and learn topics to help you get started:

  1. Emotional intelligence in the workplace
  2. Diversity and cultural awareness
  3. Teamwork and collaboration
  4. Giving and receiving feedback
  5. How to delegate tasks effectively
  6. Internal communication tools and process improvement
  7. Effective networking
  8. Creating positive team dynamics
  9. Public speaking and presentation skills
  10. Active listening
  11. Ability to work independently
  12. Managing and meeting deadlines
  13. Staying organized at work
  14. Multitasking in the workplace
  15. Effectively using a calendar
  16. Eliminating time wasters at work
  17. Creating a daily/weekly/monthly schedule
  18. Setting goals
  19. Making the most of time management tools
  20. Taking breaks
  21. Asking for help when needed
  22. Techniques to minimize distractions
  23. Email etiquette and making the most of Google Suite
  24. Using social media for your personal and professional network
  25. Simple website coding
  26. Creating presentations
  27. Cybersecurity in the workplace
  28. Password management
  29. Basic photo and video editing
  30. Walk-through of management software
  31. Setting and achieving goals
  32. Building self-confidence
  33. Overcoming procrastination
  34. Improving communication skills
  35. Eliminating negative thinking
  36. Learning to accept criticism
  37. Managing stress
  38. Developing a growth mindset
  39. Building positive relationships
  40. Dealing with failure
  41. Discovering visual thinking
  42. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  43. Unconscious bias
  44. Climate change and sustainability
  45. Animal welfare in the workplace
  46. Philanthropy and volunteering
  47. Political activism in the workplace
  48. Creating a fitness routine that works for you
  49. Quitting unhealthy habits
  50. Cooking class for beginners
  51. Taking care of your mental health
  52. Dealing with stress in a healthy way
  53. Finding time for self-care
  54. Creating Boundaries
  55. Avoiding burnout eating healthy at work
  56. Guided meditation practice
  57. Sleep and mindfulness
  58. Supporting a coworker with depression or anxiety
  59. Identifying stress triggers
  60. Empathy and self-compassion
  61. Tarot card reading for beginners
  62. Journaling for stress relief
  63. Basic gardening tips
  64. Baking bread from scratch
  65. Knitting for beginners
  66. Choosing indoor plants that improve air quality
  67. Cocktail making 101
  68. Feng shui for your home office
  69. Waste reduction tips for the home
  70. Packing for a travel adventure
  71. Book club
  72. Organizing your home office
  73. Dressing for your body type
  74. Finding a hobby that brings you joy
  75. Designing a t-shirt

11 Professional skills lunch and learn series ideas

Inviting industry experts, guest speakers, or certified trainers to lead a virtual lunch and learn on professional skills is a great way to help your team grow. Developing professional skills is a continuous process that does not happen overnight.

Here are examples of professional skills staff luncheon ideas for virtual learning:

1. Emotional intelligence in the workplace
2. Diversity and cultural awareness
3. Teamwork and collaboration
4. Giving and receiving feedback
5. How to delegate tasks effectively
6. Internal communication tools and process improvement
7. Effective networking
8. Creating positive team dynamics
9. Public speaking and presentation skills
10. Active listening
11. Ability to work independently

11 Time management topics for a virtual lunch meeting

Time management topics for virtual lunch meeting

Feeling overwhelmed about meeting deadlines, organizing and prioritizing tasks, avoiding distractions, and procrastination are always a challenge. Also, attending virtual town hall meetings, all-hands meetings, and events can make it feel like there is not enough time in a day!

Learning how to make the most of time can help employees be productive at work and in their personal lives. If your team is struggling with time management, here are some examples of time management lunch and learn topics you can explore:

12. Managing and meeting deadlines
13. Staying organized at work
14. Multitasking in the workplace
15. Effectively using a calendar
16. Eliminating time wasters at work
17. Creating a daily/weekly/monthly schedule
18. Setting goals
19. Making the most of time management tools
20. Taking breaks
21. Asking for help when needed
22. Techniques to minimize distractions

8 Staff luncheon ideas for developing digital skills

From emails to spreadsheets to project management tools, using digital platforms and applications is integral. Helping employees explore the internal workings of the company's technology, department software, and more can empower them to use these tools more effectively.

23. Email etiquette and making the most of Google Suite
24. Using social media for your personal and professional network
25. Simple website coding
26. Creating presentations
27. Cybersecurity in the workplace
28. Password management
29. Basic photo and video editing
30. Walk-through of management software

11 Personal development virtual lunch topic ideas

Lunch and learns for personal development can help employees grow in their careers and feel more fulfilled in their lives. Building a positive mindset, developing healthy habits, and managing stress are all important aspects of personal development.

31. Setting and achieving goals
32. Building self-confidence
33. Overcoming procrastination
34. Improving communication skills
35. Eliminating negative thinking
36. Learning to accept criticism
37. Managing stress
38. Developing a growth mindset
39. Building positive relationships
40. Dealing with failure
41. Discovering visual thinking

12 Social responsibility and sustainability ideas for virtual lunch and learn

Companies are increasingly focused on social responsibility and sustainability, and employees play an important role in this. From reducing waste to conserving energy, there are many things employees can do to make a difference. Helping your team learn about social responsibility and sustainability is a great way to engage them in these important topics.

42. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
43. Unconscious bias
44. Climate change and sustainability
45. Animal welfare in the workplace
46. Philanthropy and volunteering
47. Political activism in the workplace

13 lunch and learn ideas for (employee) health and wellness

Lunch and learn ideas for (employee) health and wellness

A healthy body and mind are essential for a productive and fulfilling life. From exercising to eating right, there are many things employees can do to improve their health and wellbeing. Virtual lunch and learns on health and wellness can help employees understand the importance of taking care of themselves and offer tips on how to do so.

48. Creating a fitness routine that works for you
49. Quitting unhealthy habits
50. Cooking class for beginners
51. Taking care of your mental health
52. Dealing with stress in a healthy way
53. Finding time for self-care
54. Creating boundaries
55. Avoiding burnout by eating healthy at work
56. Guided meditation practice
57. Sleep and mindfulness
58. Supporting a co-worker with depression or anxiety
59. Identifying stress triggers
60. Empathy and self-Compassion

15 Fun lunch and learn ideas for remote team-building activities

Fun lunch and learn ideas for remote team-building activities

Not all virtual lunch and learns have to be serious! Take a break from work to have some fun so employees have a chance to relax and recharge. There are many ways to make a virtual lunch and learn enjoyable for everyone, from learning about different cultures to playing trivia.

Here are some creative lunch and learn ideas:

61. Tarot card reading for beginners
62. Journaling for stress relief
63. Basic gardening tips
64. Baking bread from scratch
65. Knitting for beginners
66. Choosing indoor plants that improve air quality
67. Cocktail making 101
68. Feng shui for your home office
69. Waste reduction tips for the home
70. Packing for a travel adventure
71. Book club
72. How improv comedy skills can help you communicate
73. What our pets say about us
74. Finding a hobby that brings you joy
75. Designing a t-shirt

How do you host an effective virtual lunch and learn?

A virtual lunch and learn is a great way to build relationships between remote teams. But they need to be engaging and different from other business meetings.

First, you need a virtual meeting platform like Livestorm. With Livestorm you can make the most of engagement features like polling, Q&A, and breakout rooms to host highly interactive lunch and learn webinars. Get your teams involved with two-way communication, fun icebreakers, and growth mindset activities.

Asking for feedback and circulating a survey at the end of each session is a great way to get employees’ opinions on what they liked, didn’t like, and what they want to see in the next virtual lunch and learn. All of these come as a package when you use a video engagement platform like Livestorm.

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Frequently asked questions about virtual lunch and learn sessions

What is a virtual lunch and learn?

A virtual lunch and learn is an online meeting or seminar that employees can attend, which includes a presentation from a speaker about a chosen topic, followed by a question and answer session, and may involve group activities or participation.

What do you do in a virtual lunch and learn?

In a virtual lunch and learn, employees get together to facilitate a culture of learning and knowledge-sharing for team development, creating awareness, or simply for fun.

How do you make a virtual lunch and learn interesting?

To make a virtual lunch and learn interesting, it is important to have employees engaged and participating with features like breakout rooms, polls, and Q&A sessions. Livestorm makes it easy to do all of this in one place.

How do you host a virtual lunch on Zoom?

To host a virtual lunch on Zoom, first, choose a topic for the session, then set a time and date for the meeting, send an initiation to those involved, and meet up virtually.